3rd Week of Ordinary Time (1st February, 2019)
First Reading: Heb 10:32-39
Gospel: Mk 4:26-34
In Mark’s Gospel today, Jesus said that the kingdom of God is like a man who scatters seats in soil and without the farmer’s knowledge, whether it is day or night, the seeds will start to grow and it develops and when it is time for the harvest, with a sickle, it will be cut.
Jesus also compares the kingdom of God like a mustard seed. When sawn, it is the smallest of all. As it grows big, it will be the largest in the garden and it will give shelter to the birds of the sky.
Jesus used parables to proclaim the word to them and to his disciples, he explained everything in private.
The seed of the kingdom of God was sown by Jesus and the world is nurturing it without their knowledge.
When we look what is happening in UAE, the arrival of our beloved pope is being viewed as a national event.
Holiday is declared for those who are attending the mass. Expecting perhaps the largest group of people (135000) for the holy mass by our pope. This is being permitted by a country, which once we thought would not entertain such holy acts. But the holy spirit nurtures the seeds sown by Jesus.
Hats off to the tolerance and acceptance of the people and government and the rulers of UAE.
With respect to the reading today, was it not that mustard seed sown by Jesus that has grown like a giant tree now? The birds of the sky, the pagans can find a real shelter on the branches of this tree.
Lord we bow our heads for your generosity, love and the kindness that you have on us. Bless us to enjoy better harvests in the times to come. Amen.