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.
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.
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.
Christ dies to rise again so that his Father will be glorified. We too are brought back to true life in Christ. If we die with him, we will rise with him, and be living witnesses to the power of resurrection.
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.
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.
Jesus Christ is given to the world by God the Father so that those who believe in his name may be saved.
He brings us new life because previously we were dead through sin but now we are saved through grace.
We are God’s work of art, created in Jesus Christ.
Christ gave his life in love to his Father; in a way beyond human understanding, his death shows the wisdom of God.
Christ rose again from the dead; the message of eternal life is contained in Christ’s death and resurrection.
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.
We die to the world and live to God through the waters of baptism.
We will still be tempted, as Christ was in the wilderness, but if we repent and believe the Gospel we have nothing to fear.
The Lord is faithful to those who keep their promises to him.