The Gospel Today
Memorial of Saint Martha
Matthew 13:31 – 35
The Parable of the Mustard Seed.
He proposed another parable to them. “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that a person took and sowed in a field. It is the smallest of all the seeds, yet when full-grown it is the largest of plants. It becomes a large bush, and the ‘birds of the sky come and dwell in its branches.’” He spoke to them another parable. “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed with three measures of wheat flour until the whole batch was leavened.” All these things Jesus spoke to the crowds in parables. He spoke to them only in parables, to fulfill what had been said through the prophet: “I will open my mouth in parables, I will announce what has lain hidden from the foundation [of the world].”
Reflection (Sem. Enrico Terrel):
In the Gospel passage, Jesus the likened Kingdom of God to the mustard seed and the yeast. These two things seem to be very common and insignificant that they can be easily discarded. However, it is also good to note that these two things have potentialities. The mustard seed has the potential to become a large shrub especially if it is planted and nourished. It can provide refuge to the birds. The yeast has the potential to become bread especially if it is mixed with measures of wheat flour. Once it becomes bread, it can provide nourishment to those who would eat it.
What our loving God teaches us is the truth that He can make great things out of small and seemingly insignificant things. He can use the simple words of a priest or an image of a poor hungry child to move the hearts and minds of the people to do acts of love and mercy. He can use our illnesses to remind us to slow down with our work and to take good care of our health. He can speak to us through our simple mistakes in order to teach us to have more foresight, more perseverance and more dedication in our responsibilities. Nevertheless, it is not only God who can make great miracles out of small things. In fact, God has empowered us too. Our small acts of random kindness will surely go a long way. Our smile has the power to brighten the gloomy mood of a sad person. Our words of affirmation have the capacity to encourage the person to repeat the good deed that he has done until he reaches consistency. Our acts of paying it forward will surely help in lighting the candle of goodness in this world filled with the darkness of individualism, secularism and relativism. All our words and deeds of love have the power to make the other person to be more loving. As the saying goes, “whatever we do in this life echoes in eternity.” Everything we do, be it as small as a mustard seed, is seen and remembered by God.