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Homilies :: Latin Rite
Friday of the 3rd Week in the Ordinary Time Download This Homily

February 1, 2019

Friday of the 3rd Week in the Ordinary Time

 

Hebrews 10:32-39 ;

Psalm 37:3-6, 23-24, 39-40;

Gospel MK 4:26-34


Jesus said to the crowds: "This is how it is with the Kingdom of God; it is as if a man were to scatter seed on the land and would sleep and rise night and day and the seed would sprout and grow, he knows not how. Of its own accord the land yields fruit, first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. And when the grain is ripe, he wields the sickle at once, for the harvest has come."

He said,
"To what shall we compare the Kingdom of God, or what parable can we use for it? 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 and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the sky can dwell in its shade." With many such parableshe 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.

 

Growing Seed

 

The parable of the seed growing by itself tells us of the spread of the Kingdom thanks to the combined effort both human and divine. Just as the event of incarnation was a combined project undertaken jointly by God and us, so is the Kingdom of God. Both play their part in the building up of the Kingdom of God.


The seed certainly grows by itself; but is not that a misconception? St Paul, when he speaks of the growth of the Church would emphatically say that although the planting and watering are done by various individuals, it is God who gives the growth (1Cor 3:6). God, in his own mysterious way effects the growth of the seed of the Kingdom. Persecution and adversities are expected, and indeed at times part of the process. However, the result of the growth is marvellous. However, the way of the Lord is unfathomable and the result of the growth is marvellous.


The human effort in the process of the spread of the Kingdom and its growth is crucial too. If you have an agrarian background or those of you do some kind of farming, involving seeds would know what preparation is necessary for a successful farming of a crop such as selection of the seed, preservation of the seed, the preparation of the ground and the selection of the right season for the seed to grow. Only when these factors are effectively seen to, he can sow he seed. Then he lets the Lord take over. Vigilance on the part of the farmer has an important role to play. He checks his crop in time to harvest it, gather it in and get it into his granary. Then, and only then, he can sit back and enjoy his harvest. The parable also gives us moderns a little warning against undue and thoughtless genetic modification that human intervention in the growth of the crop which is often inspired by greed and it lacks any respect for the creation of God. These interventions sometimes are productive, but we need to give thought to the possible far reaching negative implications of our greedy interventions in the nature.


The Kingdom of God is brought about and spread as a result of a joint venture between God and us. Let us pray for the grace to cooperate with God and for the strength to play our part in the ‘farming’ of the Kingdom of God.


Dr. Benny Thettayil CMI


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