Jesus has two kinds of approach while dealing with the general public and the disciples who are around. For the general public Jesus uses images and parables. Whereas for the disciples, Jesus speaks with the explanation. Why this difference? Simply because, the disciples are those who are close to Him and approach Him with a question of clarification. Thus, there is no partiality, rather, Jesus responds to the need of the person and according to the mission entrusted to them. Just like Paul says, those whom He called, he consecrated them and blessed them with abundant graces.
Today Jesus is using different parables to explain to them about the kingdom of God. The seed is the word of God and the terrain is our heart. It is here that God makes His WORD to grow and it is through us that these words give fruit to the society. Many of us have the anxiety to know how God works in us. Jesus seems to propose to us that it’s a mystery and we shouldn’t waste our time in it. All that is important in our life is, to observe the very little movements of these WORDS working in us. We need patience, because, just like a plant which takes its own time to sprout, to grow, to flower and produce the useful fruit, God has His own way of doing. All that is requested from us is to identify these visible signs to the world and give them the hope of life.
It is here that Jesus introduces the second parable of mustard seed. Once again let’s not give attention to the mustard seed and its different branches. All that is important here is it to observe, ‘little drops of water makes the ocean.’ Many great works begin with a simple act, gesture or a word, etc. We don’t know how it begins and how great it becomes. Jute like the former in the agriculture begins with a humble way, putting all the hope in the Lord, engaging all his energy, we too should learn to give ourselves fully and leave the rest to the Lord. If God wills, He will bring it to its logical conclusion.
Certainly our salvation history gives us ample example of this process of divine accomplishment. God did take care of the people of God. He continues to take care of us. Though His works are not always visible to our present time, if we make a sincere and genuine rereading of our personal life, we will certainly discover the miracles that the Lord has done to us. Many at time He transforms our blunders and failures, not as hurt and wounded person, rather a moment of grace and transformation. It is here that the Lord has formed us, in a furnace like events, to be what we are. Thus we can join with the psalmist of the day, in the praising and thanksgiving of the Lord, jute like Mary, by singing, ‘what a wonder that the Lord has done to me.
Though nicely said and narrated, in daily life situations, things don’t move, as we have willed or desired. Failures continue to embrace us and the disappointments follow us without cessing. It is in these troubled moments of life, we are called to listen to the second reading of the day, where Paul is giving hope to the early Christian community, in a distressed moment of persecution. Seeing the suffering and the pain of the people of God, He gives them the foundation of our faith; the cross and the resurrection. It is not the human accomplishment or mastering the situations. It’s simply a call to discover how God works in us and for us and learn to obey strictly His commandment of love. This will help us to positively respond to the human needs, the need of the people of God. It is important, even in our difficult times, we are called to be just before God and try to please God, not human beings. Once our life is fully animated by this divine desire, we will certainly see on this earth the heavenly Kingdom that God has initiated in Jesus Christ, and continues to establishes, particularly through every baptised Christian. Let’s not forget that the Kingdom of the God is here and now. Have a wonderful Sunday and God bless you all.