From our Gospel reading for today, 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.”’

The quiet growth of the kingdom of God within our hearts is as sure as it is hidden. God’s love for us is unceasing, no matter what we may have done or not done. May we trust this love, and allow it to shape our lives, and may we be richly blessed in so doing.