June 17, 2018
“ This is how it is with the kingdom of God; it is as if a man were to scatter seed on the land…..of its own accord the land yields fruit…”
Today’s Gospel certainly implies that the kingdom of God is at work growing, even if we are unaware of it. It happens according to the plan of God, and we are a part of that plan.
When Jesus founded a community of disciples it was with the understanding that they would continue the work that he had started. How what they said or did would be brought to fruition, he did not delineate, but assured them that the Spirit was at work, as it had always been since the creation of the world. How it was working should not be as much of a concern as understanding the role the disciples in every generation would play.
Basically the disciples were told to do their part and the Spirit would take care of the rest. The disciples would plant the seeds, but the Spirit, in its own time, would help that seed to produce fruit. So it has been throughout the history of the Church.
It is important to remember, especially when things don’t seem to be going well, that in the background the Spirit waits for the right moment to urge the fruition of our efforts. We may not understand why things happen the way they do, but the Scriptures assure us that there is a time for everything, and with patience and perseverance, we will see God’s plans blossom!