October 25, 2016
Tuesday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time
The Gospel Today
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. Kein Harvey P. Chito)
When I was in Grade 4, our Science teacher gave us an assignment and that was to bring monggo seeds. I got excited because I knew that I can get plenty of monggo seeds since we had a small sari-sari store back then. So when I arrived home, I immediately grabbed a handful of the said seeds, then I was done. I played already.
Then the following morning, during our Science class, we had an experiment. We put the monggo seeds in a small basin with water. Then our teacher said that we should wait for a couple of days and see what will happen. I was excited again!
Days passed and we were surprised that the monggo seeds changed their appearance already. I was amazed that they turned into sprouts! The ordinary seeds that we left into the water grew slowly and silently. I just exerted little effort to make it grow. I just let the seeds immersed into the basin with water. Then I just waited passively.
Now, I realized that there is a problem with that experiment. We did not maximize the growth of the monggo seeds. Once they sprouted and we saw the physical changes that happened, we threw them away afterwards. Their fullest potential were also not attained because we placed them in a wrong environment. Monggo seeds, in order to bear fruit, do not need water alone. They need to be planted. They need soil. They need sunlight. They need air. They need nurturance. They need a person to watch over them. They need them all! And yes, water is just one of their many needs.
In order for us to understand the Kingdom of God, we do not need to be passive just like how I waited lazily for the monggo seeds to sprout in the water. We need to exert effort; to plant seeds of love.
Let us now go to the mustard seed in today’s Gospel. It is like the kingdom of God. I find it very symbolical as well because no matter how small it is, God still allowed it to grow and to prosper. God willed that it would become a small tree so that the birds will find shelter. That is right. His kingdom is a shelter or a resting place which can be found in our hearts.