Here is part of today’s Gospel reading, from St Mark: ‘And he said, “The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed upon the ground, and should sleep and rise night and day, and the seed should sprout and grow, he knows not how. The earth produces of itself, first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. But when the grain is ripe, at once he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.”’

Much of the work of God in us is hidden, even from our own eyes. The seed sprouts and grows, but we ‘know not how’. Such is the working of grace in us. As the Catechism of the Catholic Church tells us, ‘Grace is favour, the free and undeserved help that God gives us to respond to his call to become children of God, adoptive sons, partakers of the divine nature and of eternal life. Grace is a participation in the life of God’.

May this light of grace glow ever more brightly in our hearts, as we respond ever more profoundly to the One who has called us. May God bless you this day.