This is how it is

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Greetings on this the Friday of the Third Week of Ordinary Time
Readings: Heb 10:32-39; Ps 37:3-4, 5-6, 23-24, 39-40; Mk 4:26-34
Notes: Uses two agricultural references as the vehicle to teach the people.

Agriculture is a huge part of the economy so the reference would connect with most of the people in Galilee. The use of parables for the people is simply a teaching mechanism to relate truth in a way that is relatable and experiential.

Just like we trust seeds planted will grow and provide for us is a matter of faith it will happen based on experience and need. It must happen and it always does happen. We too can trust God that his seed of love is planted in us and it will grow and provide for us because this is our experience and our need.

Jesus said to the crowds: “This is how it is with the Kingdom of God:

  • The Kingdom of God grows by power and force not seen by the eye and not bound by the actions of man but of God.
  • The Kingdom is to grow unto harvest (maturity). There is a beginning and an end in this sense of things.
  • The Kingdom of heaven is centered on the crop (as a symbol for humans) and the Sower (God) and their relationship from beginning to end.
  • The Kingdom is a place of refuge in this life and the life to come where the birds of the sky (as a symbol for humans) can dwell in its shade. Of course, all creation also and for the same reasons by proportion.

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.

First reading
Therefore, do not throw away your confidence; it will have great recompense. You need endurance to do the will of God and receive what he has promised.

We are not among those who draw back and perish, but among those who have faith and will possess life.

Responsorial Psalm
The salvation of the just comes from the Lord.

Alleluia Verse
Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth; you have revealed to little ones the mysteries of the Kingdom.

Gospel Portion
Jesus said to the crowds: “This is how it is with the Kingdom of God.

Peace be with you,
Deacon Gerry

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