Gospel Reflections

16th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Matthew 13:24-43

Sunday Gospel Reflection by Sister Marilyn Kerber

Published: July 20, 2014

Read Matthew 13:24-43

Jesus proposed another parable to the crowds, saying: “The kingdom of heaven may be likenedto a man who sowed good seed in his field.While everyone... Read More…

Today’s Gospel is definitely a three course meal! There is not just one parable on the reign of God to “digest” but three! We have the parable of the darnel (the inferior seeds), of the mustard seed and the yeast with even more parables if you read on to the end of Chapter 13. I think of Jesus as the catechist/the teacher who has a message, a concept he wishes to convey and he uses every example possible, for if one parable does not resonate with us, hopefully another one will. 

What do all three of these parables perhaps have in common? One of the messages they convey to me is that the reign of God is about being community. Both good and “evil”, or not so good, people mingle in this community and will be sorted out only in the end time. And I may have misjudged a person, putting her or him into the wrong category! The reign of God begins small and grows in the human heart, in the parish, in the community and eventually is able to shelter, care for others. Community is work, like mixing yeast and flour by hand until it is leavened throughout. Perhaps we are the flour and the Word of God is the yeast? 

Parables are rich in content.

• What do these parables convey to you about the reign of God? Catechists and Jesus the teacher of teachers look for a response from us.

• Can we decide on one concrete action to take this week that will enhance one of the communities you belong to or the reign of God.


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