The prologue to St. John’s gospel introduces God’s Son as the Word. This life-giving Word—spoken down through the ages—became flesh and lived in our midst. For all of Christian history, the Word is intimately connected with all of human life. It is the purpose of TWIL (“The Word Is Life”) to bring the gospel to life and to bring life to the gospel. This blog will feature reflections on the Sunday Scriptures from contemporary Catholic writers, words of wisdom for our Spiritual journey from saints and blessed, and thoughtful reflections on masterpieces of sacred art. We at Living with Christ hope that they will help you grow in your spiritual life and deepen your relationship with the Word, our Lord Jesus Christ.

Here is a link to the readings for this weekend.

If a small farmer in Puerto Rico wants a fence that will last, a strong limb from a roble tree will do the job. The branch, once placed in a post hole along a fence line, will come alive in the moist tropical soil. New growth will soon appear on the seemingly dead post. It will grow into a sturdy tree which will resist rot and decay. 

Life can be held in a piece of wood or the most insignificant seed. The Bible offers us parables: the cedar twig spoken of by the prophet Ezekiel, the grain of wheat and the mustard seed in Mark’s gospel. They show us that the kingdom of God can come alive in our world from the most insignificant of things.

A simple act of kindness to a stranger, standing up to give witness against an injustice, or handing a warm bowl of soup to a hungry person may be the small act that plants the seed of the kingdom in another person’s heart. Christianity itself took root from a small community of men and women fearfully huddled together in the upper room after the crucifixion. Jesus, their teacher, was seen by the authorities as just an itinerant preacher from Galilee whose teachings caused them trouble. Today, Christians account for a full third of the world’s population. Confidently scattering its seeds, we know the kingdom grows around us.

Michael Dougherty

Author: Living with Christ

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