The Mustard Seed

The mustard seed is tiny, yet when it grows in good soil it becomes a large shrub, to which birds can come to find shelter to build their nests. The kingdom of God is like a tiny seed within us, yet if we allow it to grow by doing things that are pleasing to God, then people will see that we are truly witnesses to Christ. It is God who gives the increase, for which we give thanks.

Mother of Christ. 

 We are constantly being tempted to put other people and things before God. Our Lady gives us the example to follow, and encourages us not to weaken. 

She is not only the physical mother of Jesus, but is also his mother because she hears the will of God and keeps it. 

Christ our high priest.

Christ is our high priest who constantly makes intercession for us. He offers himself to his Father as an atonement for our sins and establishes a new covenant with God in his own Body and Blood. This is far greater than the old Jewish sacrifice of goats and bull calves. It wins for us the eternal inheritance that we have been promised.

God is Love.

True love is from God. The Holy Spirit lives not only in us but in many people who may seem to be outside the community of faith that is the Church.
We show we are Christians by the generous love we show to one another and to all people, irrespective of race, colour or creed.

Jesus is king!

The triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem gives way to his passion and death.
Yet within a few days Jesus will rise triumphant from the dead.
He is the firm ground of our hope that all sufferings in this life are overcome in the power of his resurrection.

I will write my law on their hearts.

Christ, like a grain of wheat that dies in order to produce new life, dies for us.
Following, his example, we are called to realise that if we want eternal life we have to be prepared to give our lives to God. The Lord writes his law in our hearts and we submit humbly to his will, even in times of pain and suffering. There is no greater school in which to grow in holiness.

God did not spare his own Son.

Christ did not come to explain away suffering; he came to fulfil it.
Like Abraham we are called to be prepared to sacrifice everything to God, and thus we find fulfilment.
God will refuse us nothing now that Christ, risen from the dead, pleads our cause in heaven.