Today is Friday the 31st of January, the Memorial of S. John Bosco, in the Third Week of Ordinary Time.

Ex Cathedra, directed by Jeffrey Skidmore, sing Hanaq Pachap Kusikuynin, a hymn in the Quechua language of South America, a beautiful prayer which I might make my own as I listen now: “Bliss of heaven: a thousand times I adore you. Tree of uncountable fruits.  Hope of the peoples. Pillar of the weak.  Listen to my prayer.”

Today’s reading is from the Gospel of Mark.

In this passage, Jesus tells two stories about something called “the Kingdom of God”.  What do you think this “Kingdom of God” is?

The two stories both talk about the astonishing process of growth - something that was perhaps more familiar to Jesus and his audience than it is to us.  What is the point that these two stories make, do you think?

Why do you suppose it was that Jesus taught the crowds in parables, but “explained everything in private to his disciples”?

Now listen to the passage again.  Ask yourself, “Is Jesus challenging me to do something here?  What does he want me to do?  Am I willing to do it?”

Finally sum up all that you have felt and thought in the last few minutes, and offer it as a prayer to God the Father, or to Jesus, or to the Holy Spirit.