Lectio Divina: 2021-06-11

Our Lectio Divina for this Friday took the reading for the 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B.

Mk 4:26-34 It is the smallest of all seeds; yet it grows into the biggest shrub of them all.

One

I wonder about the seeds that I scatter in every action/ interaction of my life. I pray that I will always try to scatter good seeds – seeds of love, joy and hope and ones that will produce a good harvest and enhance God’s kingdom. The seeds will grow whether they have been planted with determination or just scattered.

v34 “……..he explained everything in private to his disciples”

Many people heard Jesus speaking in parables using themes they would hopefully understand. Some would listen and walk away, some would ponder for a while and some (like the disciples) would want to go deeper into the meaning, to learn more and grow spiritually. The disciples learned from Jesus himself as he was with them physically. How amazing that must have been. Lectio offers that “private space” for each of us to spend time with Jesus and his words – to reflect, learn and pray. We then leave that space to share our thoughts with others. We learn from Jesus and each other. So many blessings.

Love and blessings

Two

Simple things we say or do can have a big influence, one person’s act of kindness can affect many without even knowing it.

Praise the Lord that the Kingdom of God keeps on growing, like the seeds in the parable.
God’s love can find its way into the lives of people in surprising and unexpected ways.

I remember way back in the 1980’s being on a Youth For Christ holiday in the Isle of Man. A teenage punk rocker who was anti everything and everyone gave his life to Christ, what a transformation, God is always at work seeking those who are lost.

Praise God that you are in control and the Kingdom of God never stops growing.

Three

The seed sprouts and grows though he does not know how

When I went on holiday in early May, the soil in the vegetable garden had been turned ready for planting the seedlings. A month later the beans are ready, the corn is about 4 feet high, the tomatoes are almost ripe and the butternut is swollen and ready to turn golden. Those tiny tiny seeds will produce an abundant harvest. So it is with us, when we allow God’s love to take root in our heart and surrender to his will we will be transformed. Love will grow and spread and produce an abundant harvest. We don’t need to know how it works we just need to know it does.

I pray today that I am part of that process so that God’s love will take root in the hearts of others.

Someday, after mastering the winds, the waves, the tides and gravity, we shall harness for God the energies of love, and then, for a second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire.

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Four

My words were today: ‘what the Kingdom of God is like’

At times it sounds like something ethereal, not from this world, and yet the Gospel of today, through those two beautiful parables, says that the Kingdom of God is in our midst.

I see it this way:

We throw seeds of Compassion, Love and Truth, that grow without us to notice, or understand. These seeds can be very tinny, perhaps a small gesture, or even just a smile. They may be dormant for a while in other people’s hearts. Nevertheless, one day, through the action of the Holy Spirit these little seeds come to fruition, became a very large ‘plant’.

When our lives are rooted in the Lord, we produce shelter and nourishment for all; the Fruits of the Spirit for the Kingdom.

The Kingdom of God is at hand, is in between us, among and around us; it is in the Nature we are surrounded by, and in the people we encounter or with whom we share our lives everyday. It is in the quotidianity of our daily lives, not in big gestures, but in the little moments of our normal lives.

I think I have been called today to try to do all the good I can, in the Name of the Lord Jesus, plus then to forget all about it, and let the Holy Spirit make fruitful my sowing.

Please, Holy Spirit, our God, enlighten our daily actions and thoughts, so we can serve you better, and bring about the Fruits the Father wants us to produce. In Jesus Name I pray.

During this Lectio came to my mind one of my favourite prayers from St John Henry Newman, I feel my thoughts reflected perfectly in this prayer.

‘Some definite Service’

God knows me and calls me by my name.…
God has created me to do Him some definite service;
He has committed some work to me
which He has not committed to another.
I have my mission—I never may know it in this life,
but I shall be told it in the next.
Somehow I am necessary for His purposes…
I have a part in this great work;
I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection
between persons.
He has not created me for naught. I shall do good,
I shall do His work;
I shall be an angel of peace, a preacher of truth
in my own place, while not intending it,
if I do but keep His commandments
and serve Him in my calling.
Therefore I will trust Him.
Whatever, wherever I am,
I can never be thrown away.
If I am in sickness, my sickness may serve Him;
In perplexity, my perplexity may serve Him;
If I am in sorrow, my sorrow may serve Him.
My sickness, or perplexity, or sorrow may be
necessary causes of some great end,
which is quite beyond us.
He does nothing in vain; He may prolong my life,
He may shorten it;
He knows what He is about.
He may take away my friends,
He may throw me among strangers,
He may make me feel desolate,
make my spirits sink, hide the future from me—
still He knows what He is about.…
Let me be Thy blind instrument. I ask not to see—
I ask not to know—I ask simply to be used.

John Henry Newman


We always say in Lectio that there not rights or wrongs; just the Holy Spirit leading us where He wants us to be.

Five

(One of the participants was led to another Gospel passage.)

Mark 2 v23 to 28 Lord of The Sabbath.

We can interpret any laws to fit into what we think is in our own interests. The rules that the Pharisees followed made it convenient and easy for them to criticise the actions of the disciples. In our modern world if we step over the line and question the law we can get in to trouble. My concern is do I ever question people on their morals and attitudes towards modern day values. I should show the same attitude that Jesus took when he questioned the Pharisees . I should not be conerned with the fashionable attitudes of the secular society. I need to stand up and be counted and voice my opposition to the loose morals of society. I am going to ask God to give me the strength and courage to do this.