Parables of the Mustard Seed and the Yeast. 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.
First Reading | Romans 8:18-25
There is a cosmic dimension to salvation that gives us food for thought.
If creation is moving toward a state of redemption,
then it must have value in God’s eyes and human beings.
We have a moral responsibility to care for creation.
Therefore, let us do all we can to avoid things that damage nature.
We might not be able to save the world, but every small thing we do helps.
18 Brothers and sisters: I consider that the sufferings of this present time are as nothing
compared with the glory to be revealed for us.
19 For creation waits with eager expectation the revelation of the children of God;
20 for creation was made subject to futility,
not of its own accord but because of the one who subjected it, in hope
21 that creation itself would be set free from slavery to corruption and share in the
glorious freedom of the children of God.
22 We know that all creation is groaning in labor pains even until now;
23 and not only that, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit,
we also groan within ourselves as we wait for adoption,
the redemption of our bodies.
24 For in hope we were saved. Now hope that sees for itself is not hope.
For who hopes for what one sees?
25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait with endurance.
Responsorial Psalm | Psalm 126:1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 6
R: The Lord has done marvels for us.
1 When the Lord brought back the captives of Zion, we were like men dreaming.
2 Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with rejoicing. (R)
Then they said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.”
3 The Lord has done great things for us; we are glad indeed. (R)
4 Restore our fortunes, O Lord, like the torrents in the southern desert.
5 Those that sow in tears shall reap rejoicing. (R)
6 Although they go forth weeping, carrying the seed to be sown,
they shall come back rejoicing, carrying their sheaves. (R)
We learn about the Kingdom of God through metaphors and images.
Let us embrace the mystery of God’s Kingdom by living in faith.
Let us open our hearts to the graces He bestows on us so that we move according to
His will in the path of eternal life He has prepared for us.
Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth; you have revealed to little ones the mysteries of the Kingdom.
18 Jesus said, “What is the Kingdom of God like? To what can I compare it?
19 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.”
20 Again he said, “To what shall I compare the Kingdom of God?
21 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.”