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Fasting and the Parable of the Mustard Seed

The Kingdom of God…is like a mustard seed that, when it is sown in the ground,
is the smallest of all the seeds on the earth.
But once it is sown, it springs up and becomes the largest of plants
and puts forth large branches,
so that the birds of the sky can dwell in its shade.  (Mark 4:32)

In the Gospel reading for today, Jesus tells the parable of the mustard seed.  It is the smallest of seeds and yet once it is planted and nurtured, it springs up and becomes the largest of plants.

Our faith can be the same.  It can start out tiny but when nurtured, can grow as big as a mountain.

How can we nurture this small seed of our faith?  A full prayer life, which may include the Rosary, Divine Mercy Chaplet and/or the Liturgy of the Hours; time spent in Adoration (usually an hour or more per week); Daily Mass, if possible; almsgiving, frequent Confession,and fasting on Wednesdays and Fridays.

Daily Mass, Adoration and Confession give us the graces to be strong against temptation.  By our practice of prayer and fasting, we invite the Holy Spirit into our hearts and souls.  Fasting helps us to distinguish between a want and a need and helps us to remember the plight of the poor.  Prayer and fasting are a team and help us to get rid of bad habits and addictions and to grow in virtue.

Don’t allow your faith to remain a small seed.  Nurture your faith through the sacraments and prayer and fasting.

Today, let us pray and fast for all the community intentions, for the Holy Souls in Purgatory and for those whose faith is but a small seed, that it will grow and become “the largest of plants.”

Holy Mary, pray for us!  Holy Spirit, teach us to pray!  Saints Timothy and Titus, pray for us!

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