The prophet Ezekiel reminds us in today’s first reading of the immense power of God. He brings low and he lifts up. Nothing escapes His power or control, nothing is beyond Him. He is the Lord. In the gospel, Jesus compares the kingdom of God to a mustard seed which, though invisible to the eyes, continues to germinate and to grow, and to spread in its effects. He also compares it to a seed which, although beyond the control of the sower, is always subject to a superior law and authority, which gives it life. All of life, animate and inanimate, is subject to His authority. The Psalmist reminds us that: “The earth is the Lord’s and its fullness, the world and all its people, it is He who sets it on the seas, and on the waters He made it firm” (Psalm 24:1).In today’s second reading Saint Paul makes it abundantly clear that no matter what we may do or where we may be, our aspiration should always be to please Him, since it is He who gives meaning and purpose to our being. Today’s message is therefore an invitation to us all to realign our lives to fit into God’s plan, and to live according to His purpose. We are nothing without Him and we can do nothing without His grace. Saint Paul leaves us with a bitter yet incontrovertible truth on which we must all ponder this week and every day, that: We must all someday appear before the judgment seat of Christ where we shall each receive recompense according to what we have done, whether good or evil. Amen.