This Sunday the Lord speaks to us of the smallest of all the seeds, the mustard seed, and hoz it grows into the biggest tree of all. In Ezekiel, God reminds us of His presence for the small, the humble. In His words "I cut down the tall trees and makethe low trees tall". In all of these parables, Jesus is referring to our faith. Even though it may be small and therefore weak and vulnerable, He can make it grow and yield abundant fruits.
In fact, small is beautiful in the eyes of God. Faith, Jesus says, is like a seed…"sprouting and growing...yet man does not know how it happens. The soil itself makes the plants grow and bear fruit." The soil of course refers to God's grace. Invisible yet so powerfully effective. All we have to do is plant our faith in the heart of Jesus.
Mary MacKillop devoted her life and her sisters Under the care of St Joseph and the Sacred Heart of Jesus. St Mary of the Cross honoured the heart of Jesus in her love for the little ones of Australia, especially the poor. Emulating the justice and gentleness of St Joseph she said "seek first the poorest, most neglected parts of God's vineyard" (1900). She knew, even when times were very tough and her own security as a religious congregation was at riskher faith, planted in the heart of Jesus, would urge her to say "God will provide fof the future" (1877).
True devotion to the Sqcred Heart of Jesus, consists in placing our trust in His mercy and His infinite love. Jesus, through St Margaret Mary Alacoque, who received the visions of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in France in the seventheenth century, evokes in us, confidence in a God who truly answers our needs. The Sacred Heart of Jesus is infinite in charity and boundless in mercy.
So too, in all our little acts of daily forgiveness and small acts of love we are co-operating with grace and silently growing stronger in our faith. People can only come to God, through our small acts of compassion and mercy. in this way our hearts are joined to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and He becomes really present to those in need.
Please continue to pray for Deacon Tom on his journey towards his Ordination.
God love you,