Monday 29 July 2019

About Today Readings

St Martha
Exodus 32:15-24, 30-34. Psalm 105(106):19-23. Matthew 13:31-35.
Give thanks to the Lord for he is good – Psalm 105(106):19-23
‘I will speak to you in parables …’

In this pair of parables that reflect his hearers’ life experience, Jesus likens the kingdom of heaven to the tremendous growth potential of a tiny mustard seed and to the capacity of yeast to permeate a large amount of flour. An agricultural parable and a baking one. Common, relatable images of incredible generativity and abundance emerging out of something seemingly unnoticeable. Both parables call to mind the Paul Kelly protest song ‘From little things big things grow’.

Moreover, both imply that Jesus’ saving message is directed to all humankind and that we, his disciples, have a role in disseminating it. Lord Jesus, be present to me in all that I do. Tend the seeds of your love within me. Prepare me to help others to grow in faith. Enable me to trust in the growth that is happening seemingly without me noticing.

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