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Mass prep: 30 seconds/3 points: The secret of God’s kingdom


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Fr. Paweł Rytel-Andrianik - published on 06/12/21

Jesus uses 2 parables to explain what it is he has brought to earth.

The Gospel for Sunday: Mk 4:26–34

1. Parables

In the Gospel, Jesus reveals the mystery of what the kingdom he brings to earth is. He shows it in two parables: one about the mustard grain and the other about sowing the grain.

2. Key Words

The kingdom of God is like a mustard seed – The kingdom of God starts from something very small; in the beginning it is like a mustard seed that we almost overlook. This grain weighs not even a gram, but it can grow into a strong bush up to 3 meters high. There are no little things in God’s Kingdom. It is the Lord God who builds His Kingdom from the least significant things.

Whether man is asleep or awake, day and night, the seed sprouts and grows, he does not know how – This sentence of the Lord Jesus shows the essence of work in the Church, which is the Kingdom of God. Our task is to sow. Even when our land is wasted. It is God who makes the seed germinate and grow. We need our zeal and an open heart, as well as trust in God and patience. The Lord alone gives growth.

3. Today

St. Paul writes “Christ’s love urges us on.” If we have the experience of meeting the loving Jesus in the sacraments, in the Word of God, in prayer—we will not keep it only for ourselves. We will sow those seeds, even if they are very small, in the hearts of the people we meet, and God will make them grow.

In my life, how do I plant the seeds of the Kingdom of God’s Love in the hearts of the people I meet?

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