30 week in ordinary time
Gospel: Lk 13: 18-21
Jesus said, “What is the Kingdom of God like? To what can I compare it? It is like a mustard seed that a man took and planted in the garden. When it was fully grown, it became a large bush and the birds of the sky dwelt in its branches.” Again he said, “To what shall I compare the Kingdom of God? It is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of wheat flour until the whole batch of dough was leavened.”
AMAZING KINGDOM OF GOD: Every thought of the Lord was directed at the Kingdom. Jesus spends all his energies, limitlessly for the building up of the Kingdom. He uses simple and clear analogies while teaching so that the message sinks straight into the hearts of the listeners. He visualizes a Kingdom that works for all, a Kingdom that is amazing to all. This Kingdom is not complicated, it starts from a humble beginning and later grows and spreads all over. As Christians we must be humble so as to receive the Kingdom. Once we receive it in humility, we shall prosper all over the world. Christianity started with a few followers but presently it is worldwide. What an amazing kingdom it offer! Humility permits God to receive and work with us for His kingdom. Let us also grow in faith to enlarge it.
PRAYER: Lord, help us to grow in your Kingdom.
THE EMERGING KINGDOM: Sometimes we do find the traces of God’s Kingdom around, especially in the little works and persons. We expect that it manifests itself through powerful signs through great works and structures. However, even when it might apparently seem invisible, it is an all-embracing presence which operates subtly in the hearts of the people. When we open our eyes we can recognize that, even in the most unexpected places and situations, there is a silent but touchable manifestation of God’s Kingdom. Every action, no matter how insignificant it seems, if done at the service of life and love, God is ever close there. God’s own love and life is there present moving the hearts of peoples towards his Kingdom of justice and peace.