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Homilies :: Latin Rite
Monday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time Download This Homily

July 30, 2018

Monday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time

 

Ex 32:15-24, 30-34,

Gospel MT 13:31-35


Jesus proposed a parable to the crowds. "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.

 

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“I will proclaim things kept secret since the beginning of the world” (Mt 13:35) 

 One of the greatest things that Jesus revealed was that the Kingdom of God is within. Till the time of Jesus people understood Kingdom of God in terms of power and might. In this Kingdom, there will be plenty to eat and drink. The miracles of Jesus like the feeding the five thousand and turning water in to wine must be seen in this light. But today Jesus is revealing that the Kingdom of God is within (Lk 17:21).


It is not without a reason. Jesus was the first one to instruct people that God is within each person. According to Jesus one has to adore God, not on this mountain or that but in the cave of the heart (Jn 4:23). It is the mystery hidden for generations (Col 1:27). If God is within a person, then Kingdom of God too must be inside of a person.


This kingdom of God that is within a person is like a mustard seed. Once it is grown, the birds come and rest in its branches. In the same way, our activities, actions, words, etc must be based on the ‘Kingdom-of-God-experience’ we have. Our actions must be an expression of the presence of the Kingdom of God that is in us.


It all asks us to be contemplative; to contemplate the face of Jesus with in one’s own heart. The collapse of Christianity in the West shows that, the Christians of this age must experience the Kingdom of God within and contemplate the face of God. Let the Kingdom begin from within.


Fr. Johnson Bezalel CMI


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