Sunday, June 17, 2018

“Maturity is not when we start speaking big things. It is when we start understanding the small things ....... “

“The Lord likes small things best, especially those done with love.”― Mother Teresa: (1910 – 1997: Founded the Missionaries of Charity)

Gospel Text:(MK 4:26-34)
Jesus said to the crowds:
“This is how it is with the kingdom of God;
it is as if a man were to scatter seed on the land
and would sleep and rise night and day
and through it all the seed would sprout and grow,
he knows not how.
Of its own accord the land yields fruit,
first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear.
And when the grain is ripe, he wields the sickle at once,
for the harvest has come.”

He said,
“To what shall we compare the kingdom of God,
or what parable can we use for it?
It is like a mustard seed that, when it is sown in the ground,
is the smallest of all the seeds on the earth.
But once it is sown, it springs up and becomes the largest of plants
and puts forth large branches,
so that the birds of the sky can dwell in its shade.”
With many such parables
he spoke the word to them as they were able to understand it.
Without parables he did not speak to them,
but to his own disciples he explained everything in private.

Jesus tells us that the restoration of the kingdom of God happens quietly, almost unexpectedly, stealthily almost yet steadily. It is like a tiny mustard seed which quietly grows into the largest of garden plants.

Looking back, the growth of Christianity has been quiet and slow, yet phenomenal: it has become a major faith and influence in the world.

The parables challenge us in our lives: How has the kingdom of God, Christianity, grown in our own lives? There are so many Christians throughout the world whose Christianity means being baptized, married and hopefully buried in the Church. There are also "Sunday Christians," whose Christianity is attending Sunday Mass with no other effect in their daily lives.

It is never too late. Each one is truly called to be an active member of the kingdom of God.

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