Reflection from Ireland

Everything starts small
Everything starts small. The mustard seed was not the mustard we eat, but a flowering bush. Jesus illustrates that it had no purpose but to give beauty and shelter. To remind us of the beauty of creation, and of the caring shelter we can give to others. A reminder that each of us began as a seed in the mother’s body and grew with the plan of God.
Small beginnings
The love of God grows like that – it begins small with birth and with baptism, and then grows wide so that we share our love of God. It is the same with marriage – love begins and then grows so that children and grandchildren and others shelter in a couple’s love. Friendship begins small too and people then can share the joy and grace of their friendship with others. All love begins small but at its best it shares always. Love consists not in looking into each other’s eyes, but outwards in the same direction.
Slow growth
God’s reign grows on earth, mingled with the ups and downs of life – like the yeast in the dough, and weeds among wheat. We hope for a better world in many places – faced with suicide, breakups of relationships, urban violence like two murders only today in the city – we hope things could be better. In the middle of the drugs in a neighbourhood is the programme to help people suffering from and through addiction – the yeast of God mixed with the dough of the world.
The work of love
We want the kingdom of God on earth and God is saying it grows slowly. With the loving of those who work for the growth of love and community in our parishes and neighbourhoods.
Lord, may your kingdom come among us. 

Donal Neary S.J.


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