Quiet but Steady Growth
Matthew 13: 31-35
Monday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time.
Today I will speak of God’s goodness explicitly with someone whom I meet.
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Lord, I come into your presence seeking to know you better. I believe that you take
the lead in seeking me. You want me to find you. I trust that in your mercy you will bring me to
intimacy with you. I open my heart today to receive your
Lord, teach me to long for your Kingdom and your
1. Quietly Becoming Strong:
The Kingdom of Christ is not a very visible
and flashy organization in the world. It is above all a spiritual force. It works quietly yet
powerfully in the hearts of those who receive it. By living faith, hope and charity, Christians
discover that the generous response to the voice of Christ in their consciences builds a life that
has strength and substance. Living the Christian faith makes a person strong in the midst of
difficulties and even able to sustain others in their life’s journey. Am I allowing the Kingdom to
grow in my heart in such a way that I can quietly sustain others by my values and my
2. Hidden Expansion:
As we allow Christ to reign in our hearts more each
day, we find that his influence affects not only our internal attitudes but also the people around
us. This world becomes more of a caring, compassionate place. Truth is sown. People are reminded of
God’s presence and love. This world becomes more a place where others can find God. It is a quiet
transformation of the world, but relentless, like the rising of the dough through the action of
yeast. Am I constant in allowing the values of the Kingdom to transform the way I deal with others?
Do I have confidence in the transforming power of the Gospel?
By speaking in in parables Christ helps us understand that God’s kingdom is real and
accessible. God has a plan to reign in our hearts, and the fulfillment of this plan is within our
reach through his grace. The secret to fruitfulness in our lives lies in our openness and
cooperation with God’s grace. It is within our grasp if we would exercise our faith. Christ has come
to open our horizons to God’s grace. Are we showing our thankfulness by doing his
Conversation with Christ:
Lord, I believe in your kingdom. I know that it
continues to grow by the power of your grace. Help me to work with confidence today, knowing that by
sowing with faith, hope and love, I am allowing you to do great things in the world around
Today I will speak of God’s goodness explicitly with someone whom I
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