by Sister Francis Bangert
In these early summer days when we are taken up with planting seeds, watching mysterious growth and anticipating a fruitful harvest, we hear in both the first and third Scripture readings for Sunday how growing God's reign is like planting a new shoot or a tiny mustard seed.
The Reign of God is living in the spiritual realities of truth, justice, goodness, and love. And like a tiny mustard seed that grows into maturity providing shelter for the birds of the sky, so the growing Reign of God reaches out and welcomes all to live in peace and harmony.
All of us are mustard seeds. With time and proper nourishment, we grow into adulthood, living more fully in the truth of who we are, living in right relationship with others and with Mother Earth, living in the goodness that is God, living in the spirit of loving one another.
As we tend our flowers and gardens these days, consider the following: How am I using the precious gift of time to create harmony through nonviolence in my relationships with others, especially with those who look, speak, think differently than I? With Mother Earth?
Thank you Sr. Fran for weaving these daily values into the mustard seed story and challenge. Jim
Thank you for asking the challenging question...How am I using my time to create harmony through non-violence? I want to thank you and the Sisters for giving us the example of doing just that as you help us to grow in awareness of the critical issue of human trafficking, which was info. from the article from the fall newsletter last year.
Prayers of Peace to you and the Sisters, Loretta
Thank you Sister Fran for the challenge to meditate on your questions and that we too are mustard seeds.
The audacious hope of a seed! Thanks, Francis!