Wednesday of the Twenty-Second Week of Ordinary Time 1 (04 September 2019)

📖Col 1:1-8; Ps 52:10, 11 (R.v.10cd); Luke 4:38-44

In many of his parables, Jesus described the Kingdom of Gof in terms of a growth. The parable of the mustard seed and the yeast (Matt 13:31-35) is an example of that. Jesus came to establish that Kingdom. Its growth would therefore be affected by how much attention he and his disciples would give to it.

I guess that the reason Jesus insisted on moving on to other places to also preach (cf. Luke 4:43) was because he could already see growth in the place they were. Simon’s mother-in-law had already taken the lead in bearing the fruit of hospitality and service (cf. Luke 4:39). So it was expected that others who received the touch of Christ should also bear good fruits in their own way.

That is what formed part of Paul’s joy in the letter to the Colossians. It was the fruit of Epaphras that laid foundation to the Church in Colossae (see Col 1:7).

We too have heard the word of God like the above figures in Jesus’ and Paul’s time. How much fruit is it bearing in us? Jesus wants us to live in such a way that those who know us but do not know God would come to know him because they have known us.

May he grant us the grace not to fail in that great task. Amen.

Have a fruitful day ahead. Peace be with you.

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