In today’s Gospel reading from Mark 4, Jesus tells a couple of parables, both of an agrarian nature. In the first He talks about how a seed grows, yet we know not how. Why? It is the mystery of life, and that God alone is the giver and taker of life. The second is a familiar one about a mustard seed. The smallest of seeds becomes a great plant. Much like the Church, and hopefully much like our faith.
In our first reading from Hebrews 10, we hear about the importance of endurance and not losing faith. "You need endurance to do the will of God and receive what he has promised. We are not among those who draw back and perish, but among those who have faith and will possess life."
These are very important concepts. We must have endurance. We must endure our sufferings and persevere in faith. What happens if we don't? The sacred author tells us. If we "draw back" (lose faith), we will perish. But if we persevere in faith, we will possess life. Never give up, my friend! The consequences of giving up will be eternally disastrous. Heaven ain't for quitters!
Father, may we persevere and grow in faith, that we might possess eternal life, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
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