July 16, 2011

16th Sunday - A


It's the Small Thing

Jesus continues his teaching of the Kingdom of God through parables. The Kingdom of God, enormous as it is, began on earth with these teachings. In fact, it began with one person, Jesus Christ.

And so it continues even until today.

The tiny mustard seed can grow into an eight to twelve foot tall bush, large enough for the birds of the sky to dwell in.

A small amount of yeast is enough to leaven three measures of wheat flour, an amount up to fifty pounds of flour. With that much flour, there would be enough bread for over a hundred people [1].

It all begins small.

Yet, it matters if it is the good seed or the bad seed, the good yeast or the bad yeast.

The Kingdom of God begins with the good seed that the man sows in his field. The enemy does the same in trying to destroy it. He sows weeds.

What kind of seed do I sow? What kind of yeast do I use? Hopefully, it is the good seed of God's Kingdom, the good yeast of Christ's love.

[1] Daniel J. Harrington, SJ. The Gospel of Matthew, Sacra Pagina series. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1991; p. 205.

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