Jun 17, 2012 / 10:08 am
God is the prime mover in the story of salvation, Pope Benedict XVI taught on June 17, as he discussed Christ’s parables about the similarity between the Kingdom of God and the growth of seeds.
“The message is clear,” the Pope told pilgrims in his midday Angelus address. “The Kingdom of God, even if it requires our cooperation, is firstly a gift of the Lord, a grace that precedes man and his works.”
“Our small force, apparently impotent before the problems of the world, if placed in that of God is not afraid of obstacles, because it is certain of the victory of the Lord.”
This is “the miracle of God’s love” that should make us “optimistic, despite the difficulties, sufferings and evil that we encounter,” he said.
The Pope was dwelling upon two of Christ’s parables as recounted in Sunday’s Scripture readings from the Gospel of St. Mark. In the first, a seed is sown and then grows by itself while the farmer sleeps, while in the second the tiny mustard seed grows to become “the greatest of all shrubs.” …
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