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3rd Week in Ordinary Time: Friday
Mark: Chapter 4 Verses: 26-34
A man throws seed on the land. While he sleeps the seed is growing; how, he does not know
Jesus said to the crowd: ‘This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man throws seed on the land. Night and day, while he sleeps, when he is awake, the seed is sprouting and growing; how, he does not know. Of its own accord the land produces first the shoot, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. And when the crop is ready, he loses no time: he starts to reap because the harvest has come.’
He also said, ‘What can we say the kingdom of God is like? What parable can we find for it? It is like a mustard seed which at the time of sowing in the soil is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; yet once it is sown it grows into the biggest shrub of them all and puts out big branches so that the birds of the air can shelter in its shade.’
Using many parables like these, he spoke the word to them, so far as they were capable of understanding it. He would not speak to them except in parables, but he explained everything to his disciples when they were alone.
This is the Gospel of the Lord
Saint of the Day: Saint Thomas Aquinas
Prayer to Saint Joseph
Dear Saint Joseph,
just and true, with a father’s care you raised the child Jesus,
and, with a husband’s love, you shared your life with Mary, his mother.
I entrust myself to your care and place in your hands this request of mine...
in quiet Nazareth long ago,
the Holy Spirit spoke to your heart
and you followed God’s will with wonderful faith.
In the quiet of my days, and in the hard choices I must make,
help me follow the Spirit’s guidance and believe when I cannot see.
Act of Spiritual Communion
My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the Blessed Sacrament. I love you above all things and I desire you in my soul. Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. As though you were already there, I embrace you and unite myself wholly to you; do not permit that I should ever be separated from you. Amen.
St. Alphonsus Maria de Ligouri (1696-1787)
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