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Homily (Reflection) for Tuesday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time (II) (25th October, 2016) on the Gospel

 
Eph 5:21-33;
Ps 127:1-5. (R. cf. v.1);
Lk 13:18-21.

Topic: Things that matter.

We normally go about in search of things that have the potential of bringing about great results to do. In the process of doing this, we trample down on many things we judged insignificant.

However, in today’s gospel, Jesus takes our attention away from the conventional ‘great things’ to the things that really matter. This gospel is made up of the parables of the mustard seed and the yeast. Jesus first compared the kingdom of God to a mustard seed that someone sowed in the garden. It grew and became a tree, and provided branches for the birds of the air to make nests.  He also compared it to yeast a woman mixed “with three measures of flour until all of it was leavened.”

Both the mustard seed and the yeast represented the things people easily look down on. However, their real potentials were far beyond their physical appearances. Things that really matter are not distinguished by their sizes. Their physical sizes are not always colossal.

We must take everything, both the good and the bad, very serious. It is impossible to say to what extent the positive or negative effects of our actions, inactions, words, and thoughts will go. Hence, Saint Paul admonished us, “whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (1Cor 10:31). Again, “whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him” (Col 3:17). And we must do everything as serving the Lord, cf. Col 3:23.

Bible Reading: Phil 3:12-4:1.

Thought for today: Do not neglect anything.

Let us pray: Lord, give us the grace to see your goodness in everything especially those ones people often neglect.

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