“Mustard seed is the smallest of all seeds, but when it grows up, it is the biggest of all plants. It becomes a tree, so that birds come and make their nests in its branches.”(Mt 13:32)
Today we celebrate with much pomp and enthusiasm the feast of St. Alphonsa, the first Indian saint. She lived a life of anguish and suffering within the four walls of Franciscan convent. And all these sufferings were offered to God the father with so much love for Jesus; a living and holy sacrifice. The word of the Lord today reminds us of a mustard seed, the smallest of all the seeds, which falls into the ground, dies and grows into a big tree. When it grows into a tree many birds come and make their nests in its branches. We are all happy to celebrate the feats of our saints with vigor and vitality. Many advertisements and programs are there as part of these celebrations. May the Lord help us to live the charisma of St. Alphonsa. Let us remember that when we are tested in faith through suffering and anguish nobody shall be with us, except our God who strengthens and consoles us. He is kind and steadfast in his love. Those moments of sufferings where we felt left alone in our life are really the moments of great joy before God. God makes those moments remembered for ever by all. The left alone bed of St. Alphonsa is the focal point of Alphonsa pilgrimage today. Yes Lord, “you have kept count of my tossings; put my tears in your bottle. Are they not in your record?”(Ps 56:8) St. Alphonsa pray for us!
Take courage God is with you! Have a nice and blissful day….