Tuesday, October 27, 2015 ~ Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time
Holy Gospel: Luke 13:18-21 Jesus said, “What is the Kingdom of God like? To what can I compare it?
It is like a mustard seed that a man took and planted in the garden. When it was fully grown, it became a large bush and the birds of the sky dwelt in its branches.” Again he said, “To what shall I compare the Kingdom of God? It is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of wheat flour until the whole batch of dough was leavened.”
Meditation: Unless you are a farmer, gardener or cook you might not fully understand how mustard seeds and leaven teach us about the kingdom of God. The tiny mustard seed – the smallest of seeds –literally grew to be a tree which attracted numerous birds because they loved the little black mustard seed it produced. God’s kingdom works in a similar fashion. It starts from the smallest beginnings in the hearts of men and women who are receptive to God’s word. And it works unseen and causes a transformation from within. Similarly a lump of dough left to itself remains just what it is, a lump of dough. But when the leaven is added to it a transformation takes place which produces rich and wholesome bread when heated – the staple of life for humans. Our faith can transform us from ordinary persons plodding through life into persons who have direction, purpose, hope and meaning in life.
Prayer: Almighty ever-living God, increase our faith, hope and charity, and make us love what you command, so that we may merit what you promise. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Contemplation: We are often tempted to “throw in the towel” of our faith based on any number of life’s circumstances or challenges. And sometimes we are guilty of doing just that. But when the dust settles, and we come to our senses, we recognize the importance of our faith in continually nourishing us with the truth, and the need to turn to God and to Jesus – and the Blessed Virgin Mary and the saints – for help, for direction, for guidance. Often when we are at our lowest points in life, that small mustard seed size of faith within us begins to take root and grow, or that leaven begins to transform us from despair to hope, getting us back on the path of once gain following Christ, recognizing that our faith and hope in Christ is all we really have to cling to help us in life’s situations, but also to help us achieve our ultimate desire – to spend eternity with Christ in heaven.