thoughts for this Sunday Mass the Mustard Seed

“Mustard Seed”

Jesus says in today Gospel, “The Kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that a person took and sowed in a field. It is the smallest of all seed, yet when fully-grown it is the largest of plants. It becomes a large bush, and the ‘birds of the sky come and dwell in its branches…The Kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed with three measure of wheat flour until the whole batch was leavened.” (Mat 13:31-33)

Pope Francis writes, ” What is the kingdom of heaven? Jesus doesn’t bother to explain it. He states from the beginning of his Gospel: “The kingdom of heaven is at hand”. And also today He is near and among us … He is near. However, he never makes one see it straight away, but always as a consequence, narrating the actions of a master, of a king, of ten virgins … He prefers to let us understand, in parables and similes, and above all by revealing their effects: the kingdom of heaven is capable of changing the world, like yeast hidden in the dough. It is small and humble, like a mustard seed, but becomes as large as a tree. The two parables on which we want to reflect make us understand that the kingdom of God makes itself present in the very person of Jesus. He is the hidden treasure and the pearl of great price. It encompasses the joy of the peasant and the merchant: they found it! It is the joy of all of us when we discover the closeness and the presence of Jesus in our lives – a presence that transforms our lives and makes us sensitive to the needs of our brothers; a presence that invites us to accept each other’s presence, including those who are foreigners and immigrants. He is a welcoming presence, a joyful presence, a fruitful presence, and so it becomes in us. ”

Jesus says, “If you have faith the size of a mustard see you could say to that mountain move to the sea and it would obey you.” Jesus is not saying that we have to have great faith. He is saying, do you have the faith the size of a mustard seed?

The Holy Spirit plants the seed of faith in our heart. When you bake a loaf of bread you need some water in the middle of loaf when it bakes, otherwise it falls apart. Jesus says, “The Kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a women took and mixed with three measure of wheat flour until the whole batch was leavened.” In the same way the bread needs the moisture of the water. The Kingdom of heaven will not grow unless at the center there is the dew of the Holy Spirit in our heart.

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