Homily for Friday of the 3rd Week in Ordinary Time Year II
Theme: Revelation of God’s Kingdom
By: Fr. Benny Tuazon
Homily for Friday January 31 2020
(Mk. 4:26-34) Friday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time
In today’s Gospel Jesus reveals the Kingdom to His listeners. He was talking not about a kingdom like what they had but one where God reigns. The Kingdom, according to Jesus, grows gradually and has immense potentials. He used the gradual growth of a seed to a plant and the small mustard seed’s blooming into a big one. To a believer, the Kingdom of God has full potential.
The Kingdom of God is the reign of God. Where God reigns, the Kingdom of God is present. We are told not to look for armies, armaments, and towers. God’s Kingdom dwells in us and is waiting to unleash its full power over evil. But it needs our cooperation. Not that it is dependent on us for power. But we can allow it in our person to flourish.
Obedience to God’s will comes first. We allow God to rule our lives and be directed by His will always. When we combine our will with God’s will, God reigns. Our lives will be at peace, faithful, and fully alive.
When God reigns, salvation is the goal. We would never want to be separated from God. We dream of being with Him. No amount of money, fame, and power can distract and pull us away from that goal. God is our enough. God alone suffice.
Finally, belonging to the Kingdom of God makes us missionaries. We do not wallow in the Kingdom. We are driven to go and preach the Good News of salvation. We reach out to those in need in whatever way we can. We share our time, talent, and treasure. Salvation is not just personal. It is very much communal. When Jesus saved us, no one was lost. We share the same spirit. No one is left behind. There is hope for everyone.
We do not look out there for the Kingdom. It is within is; our hearts, minds, wills, soul, our whole. But we have to direct everything we are according to God’s will, seek salvation, and care for others.