Reflections - June 17, 2018

“To what shall we compare the kingdom of God……?  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.”  Mk. 4:30-32.
 
On this Sunday of Ordinary Time the Lord speaks of the Kingdom of God in the form of parables. I would like to briefly explain what parables are.
 
When we read the parables we are deepening Jesus’ message.  The Lord wanted to put himself at the level of those who heard Him so He spoke to them in stories.  The context of parables is Jesus speaking and teaching among the people by example.  “I give you praise, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike….”.  Lk. 10:21.
 
Just one more thing. You begin to understand parables as you live them with changes in values and attitudes towards life.
 
This Sunday’s parable can be classified from Kingdom-sower, seed-mustard.  This message of salvation is the Good News that is sown and brings forth life changes giving joy and hope.  We could also connect it to, as Pope Francis says, a “Church in departure” that sows the seeds of evangelization by giving reassurance, forming conscience, and accompanying, encouraging, giving strength, and patience in the path of sanctification which gives glory to God “converting the seed of the Kingdom in the greatest of shrubs”.
 
As a Church in departure we also have “to scrutinize the signs of the times” and sow the seed amidst deep challenges in families with couples who go to marriage with a provisional mentality, biotechnology in procreation, violence against women, and discarding of elders.  Let us sow the seed of the Kingdom to give fruits of solid and fertile families according to the Plan of God “with branches strong of faith and fruits of love and Christian hope”.
 
I would not like to end without congratulating on this day the living fathers and pray to Mary, the most Holy Mother, and Saint Joseph for the deceased fathers who tried to sow the seeds of faith  and family values to their children.  Congratulations!