17TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
Psalter: Week 4 / (White)
St. Ignatius of Loyola, priest

Ps 106:19-20, 21-22, 23
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.

1st Reading: Ex 32:15-24, 30-34

Moses then returned and came down from the mountain carrying in his hands the two tablets of the Testimony, tablets written on both sides, back and front. These tablets were the work of God and the writing graven on the tablets was the writing of God.

When Joshua heard the noise of the people who were shouting he said to Moses, “There is a sound of war in the camp.” But Moses answered, “It is not a victory song, nor the cry of defeat that I hear, but the sound of singing.”

When he drew near to the camp and saw the calf and the dancing, his anger burst forth and he threw down the tablets he was holding, shattering them at the foot of the mountain. Then he seized the calf they had made and burned it in the fi re, grinding it into a powder that he scattered over the surface of the water, and this he made the Israelites drink.

Moses said to Aaron, “What did these people do to you that you brought such a great sin on them?”

And Aaron said, “Don’t let your anger be roused. You know these people and how evil they are. They said to me: ‘Make us gods to go before us; as for this Moses, the man who brought us out of Egypt, we don’t know what has happened to him.’ I then said to them that whoever had gold was to give it over to me. I threw it in the fi re and out came this calf!”

And Aaron said, “Don’t let your anger be roused. You know these people and how evil they are. They said to me: ‘Make us gods to go before us; as for this Moses, the man who brought us out of Egypt, we don’t know what has happened to him.’ I then said to them that whoever had gold was to give it over to me. I threw it in the fi re and out came this calf!”

The next day Moses said to the people, “You have committed a very grave sin, but now I am going up to Yahweh; perhaps I will obtain pardon for your sin.”

So Moses went towards Yahweh and said, “Ah! These people have committed a very great sin; they made a god out of gold. And now please forgive their sin… if not, blot me out of the book you have written.”

Yahweh said to Moses, “Whoever has sinned against me, I will blot him out from my book. Go now! Lead the people where I told you. My angel will walk before you and on the day of punishment I will punish them for their sin.”

 

Gospel: Mt 13:31-35

Jesus offered them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his field.

It is smaller than all other seeds, but once it is fully grown, it is bigger than any garden plant; like a tree, the birds come and rest in its branches.“ He told them another parable, “The kingdom of heaven is like the yeast that a woman took, and hid in three measures of flour, until the whole mass of dough began to rise.“

Jesus taught all these things to the crowds by means of parables; he did not say anything to them without using a parable. This fulfilled what was spoken by the Prophet: I will speak in parables. I will proclaim things kept secret since the beginning of the world.

 

REFLECTION:

These two parables of Jesus (mustard seed and yeast) seem to emphasize the “littleness“ and insignificance of the kingdom of God–at least in its beginnings. What appears to be insignificant to us is actually at the very core and is the essential element of what God intends to do. These parables speak too of humility and simplicity as the preferred way in which God reveals himself to us and to the world. In the eyes of the people of his time Jesus, the Savior of the world, had “humble beginnings.“ He was born in a little town of Bethlehem and grew up in an insignificant town, Nazareth. They belittled him, assuming that he was merely a carpenter’s son.

“Big things come from small beginnings.“ The Church, whose mission is to continue the ministry of Jesus to proclaim the Kingdom of God began with a small and motley group of disciples who were not even the best and the brightest. But now we can see how this Church, the Mystical Body of Christ has spread out to the ends of the earth. It is an invitation for us to acknowledge and to believe in the power of God’s grace in transforming what appears small and insignificant to human eyes into something magnificent and awe-inspiring. It should also give us confidence and trust in God who calls “little“ people like you and me to take part in the great mission of proclaiming the Gospel and the establishment of God’s kingdom on earth as it is in heaven.

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