Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on July 27, 2009

Gospel reading of the day:

Matthew 13:31-35

head of ChristJesus proposed a parable to the crowds. “The Kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that a person took and sowed in a field. It is the smallest of all the seeds, yet when full-grown it is the largest of plants. It becomes a large bush, and the birds of the sky come and dwell in its branches.”

He spoke to them another parable. “The Kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed with three measures of wheat flour until the whole batch was leavened.”

All these things Jesus spoke to the crowds in parables. He spoke to them only in parables, to fulfill what had been said through the prophet:

I will open my mouth in parables, I will announce what has lain hidden from the foundation of the world.

Reflection on the gospel reading: At the center of Jesus’ teaching was the proclamation of the kingdom of God. Jesus used parables to explain the nature of God’s kingdom, and in today’s gospel, Matthew records for us two short parables that explain a couple of the kingdom’s facets. In the first parable, Matthew likens the kingdom to a mustard seed that becomes a great plant: that is, the kingdom starts small and insignificant, but its eventual reach will permit multitudes to dwell in its branches. In the second parable, when Jesus speaks of yeast, he suggests how easy it is to miss the kingdom’s growth. To understand the parable’s meaning, consider that yeast causes dough to rise imperceptibly. Jesus is saying here that people who observe the in-breaking of the kingdom of God at a given moment may fail to understand the impact that the kingdom has over time. Just as yeast will make dough rise, however, we can trust the kingdom will grow given the passage of time.

Rudolf_AquavivaSaint of the day: Blessed Rudolf Aquaviva and his Companions were Jesuit priests. He was the son of the Duke of Atri, related to the family of St. Aloysius Gonzaga, and nephew of Claudio Aquaviva, the fifth general of the Jesuits. He was admitted at the age of eighteen, in 1568, and after being ordained priest at Lisbon was sent to Goa, in India. Father Aquaviva was one of the two chosen for the mission at Fatehpur Sikri, near Agra, and he worked till 1583 in strenuous efforts to convert Akbar and his subjects but had no success. He was then put in charge of the Salsette mission, north of Bombay. He and four companions, Father Pacheco, Father Berno, Father Francisco, and Brother Aranha, together with other Christians, set out for Cuncolim, the heart of Hindu opposition in that mission, intending to choose there a piece of ground for a church and to plant a cross there. They were met with armed force by the villagers. Blessed Rudolf and Blessed Alfonso were killed praying for their murderers, and the other two priests were likewise slain immediately. Blessed Francis was left for dead, but found living the next day; he was given a chance to venerate an idol, and on refusing was tied to a tree and shot with arrows.

tar-frighten-lgSpiritual reading:

Let nothing disturb thee,
Nothing affright thee;
All things are passing;
God never changeth;
Patient endurance
Attaineth to all things;
Who God possesseth
In nothing is wanting;
Alone God sufficeth.

(Lines Written in Her Breviary by Teresa of Avila)

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  1. ZDENNY said, on July 27, 2009 at 7:20 am

    Your right on target with this!! Keep it up. The idea of the yeast also carries with it the idea of fire. In order for it to grow, it has to be heated. It would seem to connect with the baptism of Jesus where John said that he came to baptize with fire. What do you think?

    Please send me a friend request on FACEBOOK so that I can get your new post on my page. Just post a link to your facebook so I will see the updates after we are friends. You will get a lot more visits to your post too…Thanks

    • frmike said, on July 27, 2009 at 10:29 am

      I think the notion of fire is a beautiful insight into the meaning of the parable. It is one that I had not considered, but it is entirely consistent with the gospel message. I really appreciate your contribution. I will be in touch about the Facebook thing.

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