Catholic homily for Tuesday of the 30th week in Ordinary Time Cycle I (2)

Jesus teacing his disciples (Authority)

Catholic homily for Tuesday of the 30th week in Ordinary Time Cycle I

Theme: What shall I compare the kingdom of God with?

By: Fr. Diotacious Chikontwe SMA


Homily for Tuesday October 26 2021

Romans: 8:18-25
Psalm 125
Luke: 13:18-21

Dear brothers and sisters today, the liturgical texts, through these two parables, place before our eyes one of the characteristics of the Kingdom of God: it is something that flourishes slowly —as a mustard seed— but, eventually, grows to offer shelter to the birds in its trees. With this parable, Our Lord encourages us to patience, fortitude and hope.

In our first reading today, from the letter of St. Paul to the Romans, in this reading, the Apostle reminded them all of the hope in God’s salvation, which all of them had been promised and which they would receive, if they could be patient and remain true to their faith, acknowledging how everyone had been looking forward to and desiring the love and salvation from God, after having suffered the many trials and challenges we have to face because of our sins.

Jesus in today’s gospel tells us about the parable of the Mustard Seed and of the Yeast. Jesus says, “What is the kingdom of God like? It is like a mustard seed that a person took and planted in the garden.” Mustard seed, which the parable says, is the least among seed and yet grows to become a huge plant that provides shelter for many birds.The mustard seed’s smallness was proverbial but it hardly grows up to become a tree. If we are alert hearers during Jesus’ day, the details about the garden would be a tip-off.

Dear brothers and sisters, Let us not seek the temporary joy and fulfilment that the false path of Satan and sin have offered us, but instead let us turn towards the Lord with renewed faith and love for Him, turning away from the path of evil and sinfulness, embracing His mercy and compassionate love from now on.

Finally dear brethrens “To what shall I liken the kingdom of God?” Jesus asked. The kingdom is manifested in ordinary daily life and how we live it. Can we accept the God of everyday life? If we can, then we can enjoy the kingdom here and now, without having to wait for someone to deliver us from our difficulties.
Have a Blessed Tuesday dear friends.

Fr. Diotacious Chikontwe SMA

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