He Wields the Sickle

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Another morning reflecting on Jesus as recorded in the Gospel of Mark! Yet another opportunity to appreciate both the brevity and sharpness of Mark’s portrayal of the Lord and his teaching.  In today’s passage, Jesus teaches the people to be ready for the coming of the kingdom of God, a very significant event that was anticipated in light of the Roman occupation of Israel.  For us, the passage reminds us that no one knows the day or time when the Lord will come again to usher the end times when creation will be reborn in the creation a new heaven and a new earth.

Jesus said to the crowds:
“This is how it is with the Kingdom of God;
it is as if a man were to scatter seed on the land
and would sleep and rise night and day
and the seed would sprout and grow,
he knows not how.
Of its own accord the land yields fruit,
first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear.
And when the grain is ripe, he wields the sickle at once,
for the harvest has come.”

Are we ready?  Will we regret that we did not do the good we were called to do?

Jesus’ will is that we show each other the love and mercy that he showed us.  He doesn’t desire that we do his work when we are finished with everything that we feel like doing.

Do it now.

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