THEME: WALK BY FAITH, NOT BY SIGHT
Shortly before writing this short reflection, I looked out of the window and saw someone casting seeds. Initially, I thought he was trying to provide food for the birds, but as he started scooping some sand and scattering same on the ground, I knew planting was going on. This fellow believes that the seeds he was scattering on the ground will grow, but how they will germinate is not known him. This is an expression of natural faith. Do you live by faith or do you rely only on what your eyes can see? In today’s second reading, St Paul makes it clear that ‘’we walk by faith, not by sight’’. Walking by faith demands that we cling to that dream God has planted in our hearts even when things around us appear to suggest the opposite. Walking by faith means that we have the courage to follow God’s plan no matter what life throws at us. But why should we walk by faith? It is as the first reading suggests: God is able. He is able to take a sprig from the lofty cedar and plant it on high mountain, making it to bear fruit. He is the one in today’s Gospel who empowers the mustard seed, the smallest of seeds that is sown, to become the greatest of all shrubs on whose branches birds of the air make their nests. ‘’Life calls for a lot of patience and trust’’.
1st reading: Ezekiel 17:22-24. God will bring low the high tree, and make high the low tree.
Responsorial Psalm: Lord, it is good to give thanks to you.
2nd reading: 2Corinthians 5:6-10. Whether in the body or away from it, we make it our aim to please God.
Gospel: Mark 4:26-34. God is able to make something with small beginning to become great.