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Homilies :: Latin Rite
Eleventh Sunday of the Ordinary Time Download This Homily

Ez 17:22-24,

2 Cor 5:6-10,

Gospel MK 4:26-34


Jesus said to the crowds: “This is how it is with the kingdom of God; it is as if a man were to scatter seed on the land and would sleep and rise night and day and through it all the seed would sprout and grow,
he knows not how. Of its own accord the land yields fruit, first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. And when the grain is ripe, he wields the sickle at once, for the harvest has come.”

He said,
“To what shall we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable can we use for it? It is like a mustard seed that, when it is sown in the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on the earth. But once it is sown, it springs up and becomes the largest of plants and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the sky can dwell in its shade.” With many such parables he spoke the word to them as they were able to understand it. Without parables he did not speak to them, but to his own disciples he explained everything in private.

 

The Power of Seed

  

Want to see a miracle? Take a small seed; put it under several inches of dirt. Give it light, water, and fertilizer. It doesn’t matter that the ground is a zillion times the weight of the seed. The seed will push it back! Never underestimate the power of a seed.


Have you ever wondered about the power of a seed? Take the example of a watermelon seed. It has the power of drawing from the earth and through itself 200,000 times its own weight! From water and dirt it creates the long creepers, green leaves, beautiful flowers which an artist cannot imitate perfectly. It then forms a number of juicy fruits with green cover well designed and then forms inside itself  a white rind, and within that a red heart thickly inlaid with black seeds, each of which in turn capable of drawing through itself 200,000 times its own weight and producing thousands of such seeds.


Think about it. This little tiny seed is basically a treasure-chest of DNA, prepared to (in the right circumstances) give birth to any of a variety of beings.


Look around you. Probably the chair you are in came from a seed, the clothes you are wearing, the walls or panelling of the house you live in, almost all the food you eat, and last but not least—you and another 6 billion people (including all of their brains), all came from a seed.


Jesus talks about the mystery of seeds. Two parables in today’s Gospel are on the Kingdom of God similar to the seeds. The farmer scatters the seeds. The seed is capable of sprouting and growing. In the second parable he says that the Kingdom of God is like a tiny mustard seed which grows to become the greatest of all shrubs.


As every careful reader of the New Testament knows, the kingdom is not about geography or some static place; it is about the dynamic reality of God’s presence and power within the creation and within the lives of God’s people. In its talk about the kingdom the gospel means to announce that in Jesus and his ministry, God’s presence and rule have taken on a new dimension and power among us We have heard the phrase, "The faith of a mustard seed" referring to how small things begin and how amazingly large they can become through faith in God.


It starts from the smallest beginnings in the hearts of men and women who are receptive to God’s word. And it works unseen and causes a transformation from within. Just as a seed has no power to change itself until it is planted in the ground, so we cannot change our lives to be like God until God gives us the power of his Holy Spirit. The Lord of the Universe is ever ready to transform us by the power of his Spirit. Are you ready to let God change you by his grace and power? The kingdom of God produces a transformation in those who receive the new life which Jesus Christ offers. When we yield to Jesus Christ, our lives are transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit who dwells in us. Paul the Apostle says, "We have this treasure in earthen vessels, to show that the transcendent power belongs to God and not to us" (2 Cor. 4:7).


Jesus sowed his seed in our hearts, and then off he went, like the farmer in the story, like all the farmers all over the world. Of course, he knew things would not be ideal. There were birds and the droughts, the weeds and insects. But there was also the power of the seed itself, maturing and growing in humanity, a divine power showing its force all the time.


In Isaiah 55: 11 God says, “So shall my Word be that goes forth out of my mouth and not return to me void.” That word void means empty or ineffective. Let’s use the word empty and unproductive. “And not return to me empty or unproductive, but it will accomplish that which I please and prosper into wherein I send it.”


God did not give His Word to us for it to be inactive in our lives. He gave His Word to us so that it could produce in us. What does it produces? It produces the Kingdom of God. Some people say we are just going to leave everything up to God. That’s not how God works. God has put it in our hands.


The seed of the kingdom is growing in you and you are becoming a part of the growth of the kingdom. If not you must be asleep.


It is not you who should be asleep. He has placed his seed in us and went away, knowing that one day we, you and me would find that seed growing in us through all the weeds, all the droughts and all the dangers. We would be like a tree that is planted by the water streams, yielding its fruits in season, its leaves never fading (Ps 1:3)


James, the epistle writer, wasn’t a farmer.  But he knew the power of a seed sown in fertile soil. “Those who are peacemakers,” he said, “will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of goodness” (James 3:18).


The outcome is sure. Whether or not you will be part of it depends on the growth of the seed in you while he is away and asleep.


A Story You Can Use


Two Seeds Lay Side By Side In The Fertile Soil.

The First Seed Said, "I Want To Grow! I Want To Send My Roots Deep Into The Soil Beneath Me, And Thrust My Sprouts Through The Earth’s Crust Above Me ... I Want To Unfurl My Tender Buds Like Banners To Announce The Arrival Of Spring ... I Want To Feel The Warmth Of The Sun On My Face And The Blessing Of The Morning Dew On My Petals!"


And So She Grew...


The Second Seed Said, "Hmmmm. If I Send My Roots Into The Ground Below, I Don’t Know What I Will Encounter In The Dark. If I Push My Way Through The Hard Soil Above Me I May Damage My Delicate Sprouts ... What If I Let My Buds Open And A Snail Tries To Eat Them? And If I Were To Open My Blossoms, A Small Child May Pull Me From The Ground. No, It Is Much Better For Me To Wait Until It Is Safe."

And So She Waited...


A Yard Hen Scratching Around In The Early Spring Ground For Food Found The Waiting Seed And Promptly Ate It.


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Homilies Navchetana is an initiative of Navchetana Communications, Bhopal, India. We have been sending the Sunday and daily homilies last four years. We are grateful to you for your cooperation and encouraging comments. Navchetana is committed to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ through modern media and performing arts. Through our Web TV, audio and video productions and stage programmes we take the Gospel message to the ends of the earth. Make a donation and be a part of this noble mission.


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