Monday 30 November 2015

Saint Thomas Aquinas 28th January Saint Thomas Aquinas le 28 janvier

“Jesus said ’The kingdom of God is like a mustard seed, which, at the time of its sowing, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth.”

Is.11,1..17 Ps.50 Mk.4,26-34

Saint Thomas Aquinas “Jesus said ’This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the land. Night and day, while he sleeps, the seed is sprouting and growing; how, he does not know. Of its own accord, the land produces first the shoot, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. And when the crop is ready, at once he starts to reap because the harvest has come.”

The image if the growth of wheat takes into account an aspect of the reality of life that surges up, a reality that is well beyond ourselves, that manifests the Kingdom of God. This is a difficulty for us, who believe we possess our own life, for we believe that we can dominate our reality as Jesus did. He sowed and he sees the Kingdom grow as if by Him, the Word that is made free animates other bodies that are made from it and from which they themselves propagate the Good News.

The image of a grain of wheat is a dynamic image that has us think about the Kingdom, the Wisdom of God that is in nature- he put it in, the earth produces its fruit and we produce our own.

Saint Thomas wrote several theological treatises, there is one of them that is particularly interesting - it is the one about human acts. With a rare psychological finesse, Saint Thomas describes the process of acts we put into place, in order to come to a human act. It is an action that makes us attentive to God’s breath, with his help, our acts become human! As we celebrate Saint Thomas Aquinas, we ask God for the intelligence that will make of our acts human acts, so that all that we undertake may serve for the Glory of God and may spread his Love.

“Jesus said again, ’What can we say that the kingdom is like? What parable can we find for it? It is like a mustard seed which, at the time of its sowing, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth. Yet once it is sown it grows into the biggest shrub of them all and puts out big branches so that the birds of the air can shelter in its shade.”

In the growth of the seed , the harvest is necessarily its end, it doesn’t have any meaning in itself. This dimension of the finality comes from the image of

the mustard seed that gives refuge to the ’birds of heaven’ that don’t have any other finality than to live freely, graciously in peace and to bring us joy. The wheat grows to be harvested and the growth implies the harvest, as the Good News announces. It brings us to a term : Jesus’s Passion which will become a passage many will have to go through. God sows in us the good seed of his Word, it does us good and places us in Jesus who acts in our lives. This ’divine seed’ works, day and night, even whilst we are asleep. So we reject all that puts us outside of this Love, our actions spread his Love and serve God’s heart. Ever in prayer, in a state of love, we dwell in the Breath of the Holy Spirit.

“Using many parables like these, he spoke the word to them, so far as they were capable of understanding it. He would not speak to them except in parables, but he explained everything to his disciples when they were by themselves.”

We understand the promise made by the Word who began his work of Love. Jesus knows the path He is journeying through, he has his apostles understand it ’in so far as they could understand it’. We are Jesus’ disciples and companions, and we want to take his path despite our weakness so that out of it a life will be reborn in us, all renewed.

We can become seeds of wheat, offered up by humbly following Jesus on his way . If we remain in Love, our acts are human, the same goes for the reign of God- our acts, our thoughts, our words lead us to the Heart of God. Through our baptism, our confirmation, our communions to the Body of Christ, the Seed comes into the heart of our Life. It is through humility and gentleness, through delicacy that we can go forward in God’s work growing in us. It will grow infinitely, beyond anything that we can think of or hope for. Our work is to be adjusted to God’s work, trying not to undo what God is doing. This work is for us more a passive one than an active one. ’The Father works at all times and I too am working, ’said Jesus.

We ask for the grace to allow God to work in us.