Friends, our Gospel for today features the parable of the mustard seed.

How does God tend to work? From the very small to the very great—and by a slow, gradual process. God tends to operate under the radar, on the edges of things, quietly, clandestinely, not drawing attention to himself. 

C.S. Lewis speaks to this principle. How, he asks, did God enter history? Quietly, in a forgotten corner of the Roman Empire, sneaking behind enemy lines. How was European Christianity established? Through the handful of people that listened to St. Paul in Philippi and Athens. How did the mighty Franciscan movement come to be? One odd, mystical kid who heard a voice coming from a crucifix: “Francis, rebuild my Church, which is falling into ruin.” A handful of followers joined him in his quixotic project, then dozens, then hundreds, then thousands.

So don’t be afraid to do small things at the prompting of God! Plant the seed, make the move, take the risk—take even the smallest step, and don’t worry about who notices or how much attention you’re getting. Sow the seed and leave the rest to the mercy and providence of God.

Gospel Reflections

Daily Gospel Reflections from Bishop Barron

3rd week of Ordinary Time

Friday

January 27

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Thursday

January 26

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Wednesday

January 25

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Tuesday

January 24

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Monday

January 23

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Sunday

January 22

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2nd week of Ordinary Time

Saturday

January 21

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Friday

January 20

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Thursday

January 19

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Wednesday

January 18

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Tuesday

January 17

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Monday

January 16

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Sunday

January 15

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1st week of Ordinary Time

Saturday

January 14

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Friday

January 13

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Thursday

January 12

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Wednesday

January 11

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Tuesday

January 10

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Monday

January 9

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Baptism of the Lord

Sunday

January 8

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Epiphany

Christmas Time

Saturday

January 7

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Friday

January 6

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Thursday

January 5

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Wednesday

January 4

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Tuesday

January 3

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Monday

January 2

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Sunday

January 1

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Mary, Mother of God

Christmas Octave

Saturday

December 31

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Friday

December 30

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Holy Family

Thursday

December 29

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Wednesday

December 28

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Tuesday

December 27

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Monday

December 26

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Sunday

December 25

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Christmas Day

4th week of Advent

Saturday

December 24

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Friday

December 23

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Thursday

December 22

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Wednesday

December 21

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Tuesday

December 20

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Monday

December 19

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Sunday

December 18

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3rd week of Advent

Saturday

December 17

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Friday

December 16

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Thursday

December 15

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Wednesday

December 14

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Tuesday

December 13

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Monday

December 12

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Our Lady of Guadalupe

Sunday

December 11

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