Homily (Reflection) for Monday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time (II) (30th July, 2018) on the Gospel
Jer 13:1-11;
Deut 32:18-21 (R.cf. v.18);
Matt 13:31-35.

Topic: Put them forth.
In today’s gospel, Jesus likened the kingdom of heaven to a mustard seed and yeast. Our homily will focus on the parable of the mustard seed. This seed is the smallest of all the seeds but when planted, it becomes the greatest of all shrubs and become a tree, so that the birds of the air make nests in its branches, cf. Matt 13:32.
If a mustard seed is not sown, it remains the smallest of all the seeds. Imagine someone who has just a mustard seed. Often, we lose confidence in ourselves. Some do find it very difficult to believe that they are good for anything. Many things remain in the world of ideas (in the mind) as a result of this. Whatever gift one has can be greater than the biblical mustard seed only if it is put into use.
We are all instruments in the hands of God. Every instrument (human beings) is meant for something big although. Although we may not see the magnitude of some of the instruments but they are well-known to the Lord of the harvest. What each of us can become is only known to God, cf. Matt 24:36; Mk 13:32.
Bible Reading: 1Cor 6:12-20.
Thought for today: We are instruments in the hands of God, cf. Acts 9:15.
Let us pray: Lord and Master, give us the grace that will enable us put every gift we have received from you into proper use – Amen.
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