Reflection for Tuesday 30th Week in Ordinary Time
Fr. Aloysius Santiago sdb
Rector and Parish Priest
Don Bosco Shrine
Today's WORD of GOD
Luke 13: 18 -19
Then Jesus asked, “What is the kingdom of God like? What shall I compare it to? It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his garden. It grew and became a tree, and the birds perched in its branches.”
Fermentation & Growth
Deep Within Us is Planted a Seed that will Grow to Full Flowering; There is an Inner “Yeast” to Transform & Ferment Us as Yeast Does in the Dough that is Baked into Fresh bread, the Staff of Life. The Whole Created World Eagerly Awaits the Revelation of what is Already Stirring Within It, & of Ourselves as Children of GOD.
Paul’s Letter to the Romans Sparkles with a Magnificent Hope. He Believes that that Every Human Being Carries the Seed of Eternal Life, that We are Called to be Children of GOD. A Grace of Transformation has Come Through JESUS CHRIST for All of Humanity. Even the Billions of Non-Christians in the World also Carry Within Themselves the Seed or Image or Eternal Life with GOD. The Goodness & Humanity in the Pagan World, & Among Buddhists, Hindus, Sikhs & Muslims or the Strong Monotheistic Religion of Islam, Represents a Yearning for what is Yet to be Revealed.
To Live Our Lives to the Full, We must Nurture the Hidden Mustard Seed of Divine Possibility Within Us. Like the Woman who Kneads the Yeast into the Dough that will be Baked into Life-Sustaining bread, We can Do Our Part to Contribute Freshness, Life & Dignity, Wherever We are.
2 Images, 1 Focus
Both Parables in Today’s Gospel, One about a Man (Gardening) & the Other about a Woman (Baking), have the Same Focus. Each Draws a Contrast Between Something that Starts very Small & the Great Effect It can have. A Tiny Mustard Seed Produces a Tree Offering Shelter to Nesting Birds.
A Tiny Pinch of Leaven Ferments a Large Amount of Flour.
JESUS Says that the Kingdom of GOD Works like that.
We Need Not Think that Unless some CHURCH Event is Big & Impressive It Counts for Little. the 2 Images in Today’s Gospel Suggest that Even Small Actions & Initiatives, Unnoticed by Most People, can Help Promote the Kingdom of GOD.
GOD Bless Us All
Have a beautiful day.