Friday, February 1, 2013

Ordinary 1 Friday

It’s been said before that if God wants to make a mushroom, he can do so overnight. If, however, he wishes to make a giant sequoia, it takes him 150 years!

So too with us. God wants to make us into saints. And saints aren’t mushrooms: they’re giant sequoias. Saints aren’t made overnight; saint making takes time- usually a lifetime.

We can see this in today’s gospel. Jesus spoke of God’s kingdom as seed scattered on the ground. With time, and rain and sunshine, the seed becomes a stalk, which then produces full ears of corn, and then, at the end of the season, is ready for the harvest. This takes months- the full life cycle of the plant.

You and I can be slow learners, and when it comes to being a saint, we often have a lot to unlearn. We resist change; we can be stubborn and proud; we prefer to trust in ourselves than trust in God; we get stuck in bad habits that are hard to break; we’re sometimes fearful, sometimes ignorant.

But God knows this, and God is patient. He’s more patient with us than we are with ourselves! He knows that saint-making takes time. Thankfully, he has all the time in the world.

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