Faith is an overlooked quality today. Faith feeds the soul which we’ve forgotten about in our busy day. Intellect, physical pleasures and leisure fill our hearts and minds. But, you deserve better, your soul longs for answers and peace but you must water the mustard seed, you must tend to your soul to find that inner peace.
Taking time to be at peace with yourself, your marriage, family, work, and communities is a daily exercise worth the investment of time. This is much better than pills, drugs, or worldly distractions from the truth of life. No more anger, frustration, bullying, just peace and joy. Heaven on earth. Think it’s impossible? Just spend a few minutes now with God. It’s easy.
The daily readings inspired the meditation are here: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/012618.cfm
your mustard seed of faith
Peter Chrysologous who lived between 400-450 A.D., that’s 1568 years ago, writes relevant words to give you peace. What’s old, is new again.
It is up to us to sow this mustard seed in our minds and let it grow within us into a great tree of understanding reaching up to heaven and elevating all our faculties; then it will spread out branches of knowledge, the pungent savor of its fruit will make our mouths burn, its fiery kernel will kindle a blaze within us inflaming our hearts, and the taste of it will dispel our unenlightened repugnance. Yes, it is true: a mustard seed is indeed an image of the kingdom of God. Christ is the kingdom of heaven. Sown like a mustard seed in the garden of the virgin’s womb, he grew up into the tree of the cross whose branches stretch across the world. Crushed in the mortar of the passion, its fruit has produced seasoning enough for the flavoring and preservation of every living creature with which it comes in contact. As long as a mustard seed remains intact, its properties lie dormant; but when it is crushed they are exceedingly evident. So it was with Christ; he chose to have his body crushed, because he would not have his power concealed….
Christ became all things in order to restore all of us in himself. The man Christ received the mustard seed which represents the kingdom of God; as man he received it, though as God he had always possessed it. He sowed it in his garden, that is in his bride, the Church. The Church is a garden extending over the whole world, tilled by the plough of the gospel, fenced in by stakes of doctrine and discipline, cleared of every harmful weed by the labor of the apostles, fragrant and lovely with perennial flowers: virgins’ lilies and martyrs’ roses set amid the pleasant verdure of all who bear witness to Christ and the tender plants of all who have faith in him. Such then is the mustard seed which Christ sowed in his garden. When he promised a kingdom to the patriarchs, the seed took root in them; with the prophets it sprang up; with the apostles it grew tall; in the Church it became a great tree putting forth innumerable branches laden with gifts. And now you too must take the wings of the psalmist’s dove, gleaming gold in the rays of divine sunlight, and fly to rest for ever among those sturdy, fruitful branches. No snares are set to trap you there; fly off, then, with confidence and dwell securely in its shelter. (SERMON 98, Peter Chrysologous, taken from todays meditation from Don Schwager from this link: http://dailyscripture.servantsoftheword.org/readings/2018/jan26.htm)
Indulge yourself by giving yourself time to pray. Be at peace with God, this will bear fruit in your marriage, family, friends, co-workers and communities.