Growth Pains

by Sr. Juliemarie McDonald, SND on 06/11/2015

in Ordinary Time

Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time–Cycle C
June 14, 2015

“This is how it is with the kingdom of God; it is as if a man scatters seed on the land and would sleep and rise night and day and seed would sprout and grow, he knows not how.”
(Mark 4:26-27)

Growth Pains

“Don’t try so hard,
the best things come when you least expect them.” – Unknown
Growth surprises of growth pains.

What powers a seemingly dead seed locked in earth’s darkness to resurrect?
Who is behind the push? How does the seed know when to painfully let go?
I call this the mystery of growth pains.

Seeds when contemplated teach us many lessons:
Death to life,
Power, patience and planting, then finally,
accomplishing in us the art of letting go.
This is why sages tell generations pains are blessings in disguise.

Gardeners seem to understand this death to life process. They experience it season after season. Perhaps spiritual guides also see this rhythmic cycle in persons whom they direct. What power is behind the painful growth? The Spirit of God is always leading us from death of the ego, to truth. The Spirit leads up the ladder to eternity rung by rung. This Comforter, lovingly gifts you with pain, asks you to look behind and beyond the pangs of sorrow then surprises each with a renewed spiritual life.

The Holy Spirit, like seeds sown, teaches us lessons that will lead to resurrection. So many graces are hidden in painful situations. Seeing behind and beyond pain will enable you to know and understand why you are gifted with pain. Perhaps, in your sorrows, the Spirit is trying to show you faults, sins, and failures of doing right, which you postpone or omit in favor of convenience, power, pleasure or money.

This week delve into the Bible and the Catechism and ask with faith: “What gift do I need? What fruits of the Holy Spirit have I neglected to grow in my soul garden?”

For Reflection and Sharing:

  1. How have you been a part of building up the Kingdom of God?
  2. If you take the Holy Spirit seriously for one month, what actions would you take to garden your soul garden: till, weed, fertilize, dig up, throw out, use miracle grow? Why?
  3. Where is this garden of yours? To assure maximum growth where will you move it from? Where will you move it to?
  4. Do you have a spiritual guide? Your Diocesan Offices could give you a list of name from which to make your choice.
  5. What causes us to be so impatient with growth? Name some examples.

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