Kingdom of God

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD

26 OCTOBER 2021

30th Tuesday of Ordinary Time

WORD of the DAY 

Jesus said, “What is the Kingdom of God like? To what can I compare it? It is like a mustard seed that a man took and planted in the garden. When it was fully grown, it became a large bush and the birds of the sky dwelt in its branches.” Again he said, “To what shall I compare the Kingdom of God? It is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of wheat flour until the whole batch of dough was leavened.” (Luke 13: 18-21)

How shall I live this Word?  

The Kingdom of God is not the Kingdom of humans.  It presents itself with criteria and acts in a way that is uniquely of Jesus.  It is based on poverty, irrelevance, smallness, hiddenness, failure, seeds that die, flour that has gone bad!  The Kingdom of God is not seen; it is almost invisible.  We must have discernment to recognize it.  The parables we have read tell us about Jesus, the seed that produces life through death and the leaven that acts only in hiddenness.  These strongly recall our conversion from appearance to essence, from media visibility to fragility, from idolatry of ourselves to purity of heart!

Lord, free us from vanity and vainglory.  Help us to place ourselves again in the furrows of littleness and humility so that we do not impede God’s work in our life and in our history.

The Voice of  St. John the Evangelist (12: 24-26)

Amen, amen, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat;  but if it dies, it produces much fruit. Whoever loves his life  loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will preserve it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there also will my servant be. The Father will honor whoever serves me.

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E-mail: srmterzo@gmail.com  Website: www.sanbiagio.org  info@sanbiagio.org  Blog: livingscripture.wordpress.com   Comment by Sr. Monica Gianoli, FMA

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