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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for January 19, 2017

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THURSDAY, January 19

Mark 4:31 It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth.

My husband and I have a botanist friend. Every spring he gives us a tomato plant. Each summer we compete for crazy prizes with other folks who receive a plant to see who can grow the biggest one and which plant produces the most or largest tomatoes. It’s fun when we are successful but frustrating when the deer eat our efforts. Every year, there’s a hard luck story that wins a prize as well.

In Mark’s Gospel, Jesus is talking to people who grow their own food. To compare God’s kingdom to a seed the size of a pinhead that grows into a bush of epic proportions leaves his listeners slack-jawed. They knew firsthand how impressive this feat would be.

One Sunday, while preaching on this parable, I served communion wafers and placed a mustard seed into the outstretched hands of the gathered faithful as well. Most people immediately lost the tiny seed. God’s kingdom can easily slip through our fingers: We can miss it, or we can nurture and tenderly care for it. The prize for being a good steward is the promise of eternal life.

PRAY for the Dioceses of Lahore and Peshawar (Pakistan)

Today the Church remembers Wulfstan, Bishop of Worcester, 1095.

Ps 37:1-18 * 37:19-42; Isaiah 45:5-17; Ephesians 5:15-33; Mark 4:21-34

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