Tuesday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinry Time
I will try to be more optimistic about the Church in society, seeing how it has influenced so much of what is best in our society ñ love for the poor, love for enemies etc. Knowing that it is inspired by the Holy Spirit, I will accept that as it has happened so many times in the past, just when things look bleakest for the Church, God turns the tables, and it enters into another Golden Age. Didn't John Paul II predict that we were just launching out into the New Age of Evangelization?
Lord, I believe in you with a faith that never seeks
to test you. I trust in you, hoping to learn to accept and follow your will, even when it does not
make sense to the way that I see things. May my love for you and those around me be similar to the
love you have shown to me.
Lord, help me to value and seek the
invisible strength of the Kingdom of Heaven.
1. The Kingdom Grows from Small Beginnings:
Jesus tells us two parables to help us
understand the Kingdom of Heaven. What does he want us to know about it? When he speaks about the
mustard seed, he is emphasizing that something that seems inconsequential can grow to become
something of great importance. Although the mustard seed is so small as to be nearly invisible, it
grows into a small tree, big enough for birds to make a nest in. Its usefulness goes beyond its own
needs. It can give shelter and support to others.
2. You Don't Have to Understand Biology
to Be a Baker:
In the parable of the leaven, something similar happens. Leaven has a mysterious property.
Although it seems to be nothing special itself, even a small amount of it, mixed with dough, causes
the dough to rise. The Jews listening to Jesus didn't know why. They didn't know that the leaven
contained yeast spores that under the right conditions of heat, moisture and nutrients, would begin
to grow and produce carbon dioxide gas (which is what makes the dough rise). It was mysterious to
them, what power the leaven contained, but they knew that just a little of it would transform a much
larger quantity of dough, so that the resulting bread would not just be matzo, but a much larger
quantity of light, airy bread that is much nicer to eat. In a similar way, grace transforms the
ordinary acts of our day, making them much nicer in God's eyes.
3. The Church Transforms
these parables apply to the Kingdom of Heaven. As he spoke, Jesus had before him just a few apostles
who still didn't grasp his message very well. The Kingdom of Heaven was so small as to be invisible,
like the mustard seed. But it was destined to have incredible growth, such that it would begin to
help all humanity and not just those who belonged to it. When he speaks of the leaven, he refers not
just to the growth that the Kingdom of Heaven would undergo throughout the centuries, but to the
transformation it would accomplish in the societies it entered. We see this in the world today. The
Church has not only grown, but it has also come to affect many who are not in the Church and to
transform society. The apostles, who did not see the Kingdom very clearly, had a hard time accepting
this. We have seen much more, and yet we still doubt and hesitate.
Dear Jesus I have seen so much of your Kingdom
that I should
believe without hesitation,
yet I still worry about the final triumph of your
Help me to have a greater faith,
not only to believe what you
but to help the spread of the Kingdom
continue to come true in my society
I will try to be more optimistic about the Church in
society, seeing how it has influenced so much of what is best in our society ñ love for the poor,
love for enemies etc. Knowing that it is inspired by the Holy Spirit, I will accept that as it has
happened so many times in the past, just when things look bleakest for the Church, God turns the
tables, and it enters into another Golden Age. Didn't John Paul II predict that we were just
launching out into the New Age of Evangelization?