We celebrate the new year every January 1st, but we don’t celebrate the new month. We should. Today we begin the month of February — another period of time which is given to us by our God in which we can know him, love him, and serve him. One of these days, the first day of a month will come during which we will end our life on earth and go to spend an eternity of happiness with God. For some of us, today might well be that day.
In any case, let us celebrate the “new month,” and let us rededicate and reconsecrate ourselves to the service of God during this February.
In thinking about time, we might reflect upon the fact that in the Church year, there are a number of different seasons: Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter. And in between those seasons, we have the Ordinary Time, in which the ministers of the Church wear green when taking part in sacred worship. Why green? Because green is the color of growth. We have the green grass, green trees, bushes, the leaves of flowers. I did most of my studies for the priesthood in the north, where there are miles upon miles of cornfields which feed much of the nation and even the world. The farmers up there tell us that on quiet nights, you can HEAR the corn grow. And it’s true: if you are near or in a cornfield when all is quiet, you can hear a squeaking sound as the thousands of cornstalks push up out of the ground and out of their previous size and shape to increase and achieve their proper height and size.
In the gospels, Our Lord compares himself with a farmer who sows seed in his fields. It grows and pretty soon a bush, like the mustard plant, which begins with an almost microscopically small seed, is big enough for birds to build their nests in its branches. So with us: our God sows his seed within our minds and hearts when we were babies and very small children, and as we grow, so does the divine seed of faith. And here we are today, knowing, loving, and serving God — as different from our babyhood and small childhood as the mustard seed is from the full-grown bush.
So, my dear friends, let us grow according to God’s holy will. Let us be healthily green, verdant, productive, and a credit to the seed that God has sown within us. Thank you for seeking God’s truth. God bless you. Father Victor Brown, O.P.
Note: This message was composed some years ago.