January 31, 2014 2 Samuel 11:1-4a, 5-10a,13-17; Mark 4:26-34
All of us have enough life experience to know the truth that good and evil co-exist in our world.
King David loved the Lord … yet today we see an example of how the worst can surface in any one of us. David is overcome by sexual desire … he enters into an adulterous relationship … and then arranges a murder.
God’s chosen one sins … he does not even seem remorseful. This is a clear manifestation of how strong an unseen force can be … in this case … it is an evil force.
Today’s Gospel seems unrelated … what does growing seeds have to do with anything? Yet … think about what makes the seeds grow … it is an unseen force … the process is unseen … the power for good is at work.
These two readings … when taken together … highlight how both good and evil are at work around us.
As we listen to God’s Word … we cannot deny the existence of evil … but … we can choose to nurture seeds of goodness in our world.
When we come together every morning to hear God’s Word and partake in Eucharist … we demonstrate our belief that following Jesus is the way to salvation and healing of our world.
We hear the words of Jesus telling us … that the Kingdom of God is within.
May we have the grace to let our unseen forces of kindness … generosity and caring …build up God’s kingdom on earth.