August 20, 2016
21st Sunday - C (August 21, 2016)
People will come to the Kingdom of God
This passage from Luke’s Gospel follows two parables of the mustard seed and the yeast. Both are small things in appearance but both have the capacity of making a big difference and even a great impact.
Each follower of Christ – when we are true to our identity – can be like the mustard seed and the yeast. In our own situation, we can and are called to transform our world.
This mission has its scope in the words of Jesus that we listen to today, "people will come from the east and the west and from the north and the south and will recline at table in the kingdom of God."
In this Jubilee Year of Mercy, we are called to live and spread God’s Kingdom of Mercy by our works of mercy.
Moreover, the Year of Mercy ends on the Feast of Christ the King can be seen as both a conviction and a statement of faith. We profess that the Kingdom of God’s Mercy is already among us. Yet, we are called to build that Kingdom until the whole creation has embraced God’s Mercy.
That is the extent of our mission. We, God’s mustard seeds and yeast, have the mission of bringing “people from the east and the west and from the north and the south to recline at table the kingdom of God.”