1st Reading: Ezekiel 17:22-24
2nd Reading: 2 Corinthians 5:6-10
Gospel: Mark 4:26-34

In today's Gospel, Jesus teaches us in the Parable of the Seeds that God acts in His own terms, and in His own time. God's ways are not man's ways. God cannot be dictated to by anything or by anyone. Yes, God is in perfect control. Let God be God, and let man be man.

The Kingdom of God has a life of its own, but that is not to say that we just leave it as such. Yes, grace is operative, whether we know it or not, but our Christian calling is to cooperate with God's grace. We are called to become partners in the Kingdom of God.

Obedience, trust, and patience. These are the three basic attitudes we should have if we are to become cooperators of grace. Those who disobey, those who distrust, and those who are impatient do more harm than good in this partnership with the Divine. May we not become obstacles to the growth of God's Kingdom in our midst. As long as we listen to God in prayer and follow His instructions, we will not become proud with our progress, or be discouraged with our setbacks and failures.

Prayer: Lord, remind me that everything happens in Your own terms, and in Your own time. Amen.

​Fr. Dante