Monday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time

Jesus proposed a parable to the crowds.

The Kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed
that a person took and sowed in a field.
It is the smallest of all the seeds,
yet when full-grown it is the largest of plants.
It becomes a large bush,
and the ‘birds of the sky come and dwell in its branches.’

He spoke to them another parable.

The Kingdom of heaven is like yeast
that a woman took and mixed with three measures of wheat flour
until the whole batch was leavened.

All these things Jesus spoke to the crowds in parables.
He spoke to them only in parables,
to fulfill what had been said through the prophet:

I will open my mouth in parables,
I will announce what has lain hidden from the foundation
of the world. 

— Matthew 13:31-35

The peace of the Lord be with you. A parable is a story that is designed to teach a moral or spiritual truth. Jesus uses them often to help us understand things about the kingdom of heaven and the ways of God the Father. The nature of God and eternity are concepts that are difficult for our finite minds to grasp. Yet, Jesus wants to share these concepts and this mystery with us. They speak to us in a very deep and meaningful way which gives us hope. They help us to see God in our midst as we walk through life.

Dear Heavenly Father, touch my heart today so I may be inspired to seek those things that come from you, for you are the source of life and love. In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Readings for Monday, July 27, 2020