MATTHEW 13:31-35 GOSPEL READING AND REFLECTION ( JULY 27, 2020)
Jesus offered them another parable: “ The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his field. It is smaller than all other seeds, but once it is fully grown, it is bigger than any garden plant; like a tree, the birds come and rest in its branches.”
He then made another parable, “ The kingdom of heaven is like the yeast that a woman took, and hid in three measures of flour, until the whole mass of dough began to rise.”
Jesus taught a;; these things to the crowds by means of parables; he did not say anything to them without using a parable. This fulfilled what was spoken by the Prophet: I will speak in parables. I will proclaim things kept secret since the beginning of the world.
POINTS OF REFLECTION
The power of God is beyond man’s quantification. Even his very simple language would be enough for man to become a fool.
In 1Corinthian 1:25 “For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and the weaknesses of God is stronger than man’s strength.” This is the very reason why Jesus always uses parables in his daily teaching during his time. There exists no direct communication means for us to understand God unless God makes his way unto us. The use of the parable is the only way allowing us to weigh things according to the human perspective. God also uses parables because He does not want us to be dull. He wanted us to think of Him as He always thinks of us by providing us with all our needs in this life.
The first of these two parables is the parable of the mustard seed. A mustard seed is very small to be inviting to the human eye. But Jesus uses it as an object of man’s hope of having this faith to the Lord. God in this semblance of minuteness, seems to be less demanding to us. He only needs a little of our faith and then there after He will make it bloom within us like the largest tree in the garden. Once a man will be blessed with the necessary maturity of this faith, he will be dependable providing rest and shelter to those who needed him most.
The second parable is the yeast of the woman. An act of accepting God in one’s life is a milestone of faith. It is the gateway of many blessings from which man can fully enjoy the goodness of God’s manifold blessings. Growing in God’s presence is very significant that even a mere presence in a community inspires others to be God’s followers. Such maturity is holistic which may come in character, wisdom, faith, hope and resilience to the worldly issues and concerns.
In conclusion my dear brothers and sisters in Christ, what God wants from us is our little faith for Him to effectively work within us. Amen.