The Gospel Today
Tuesday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time
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.”
Reflection (Sem. Mark Joseph G. Verdadero)
I can compare my vocation story to a small mustard seed. God put seeds in each one of us as a very unique creation. The seeds represent the faith and love that God has given to each of us because He created us through His pure and unconditional love.
As Mt. 17:20 says, “If you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘move from here to there.’ And it will move and nothing will be impossible to you.” It is the faith that will inspire us to live our life and it depends on how we maintain and cultivate the seed of faith that was planted in us, making Jesus as the standard. This faith allows us to commit ourselves personally to God and to follow His will.
Now that I’m a seminarian, the seed that was once forgotten is again starting to sprout. This is the seed of my vocation, which is making me pursue the priestly life. This time I know that God is the one taking care of the seed in me by watering it to refresh my faith after almost 20 years of hiding it.
He is again making the soil fertile to make sure that it will be cultivated according to His plan. And most important, God gives sunlight to light up the seed and guide me as I go through my journey. He gives light to make sure that the seed will grow and mature properly, nurtured by the people around me.
As a priest in process, it is important to take care of my own seed of faith because it is still small now. But, time will come when it will become the biggest and one of the strongest trees among the creation of God. Faith grows when we listen more and more carefully to God’s Word and enter into a lively exchange with Him in prayer.