Daily Gospel Reflection – Memorial of Saints Joachim and Anne, Parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Daily Gospel Reflection – Memorial of Saints Joachim and Anne, Parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Daily Gospel Reflection – Memorial of Saints Joachim and Anne, Parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary 

July 26, 2021
Memorial of Saints Joachim and Anne, Parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary 
Gospel: Mt 13:31-35

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. 

Source: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops 


Bishop Robert Barron 

Friends, today’s Gospel compares the Kingdom of heaven to a mustard seed that "is the smallest of all the seeds, yet when full-grown it is the largest of plants." It seems to be a law of the spiritual life that God wants good things to start small and grow over time. 

We’re tempted to say, "You’re God. Just get on with it. Do it!" But why would God work the way he does? We might attempt a few explanations. It is a commonplace of the Bible that God rejoices in our cooperation. He wants to involve us, through freedom, intelligence, and creativity, in what he is doing. And so he plants seeds, and he wants us to cultivate them. 

Consider what God said to St. Francis: "Francis, rebuild my Church." God could have rebuilt his Church without Francis, but he wanted him to get involved. 

When things start small, they can fly under the radar while they gain strength and heft and seriousness. Also, those involved can be tested and tried. Suppose you want to do something great in the life of the Church and you pray and God gives you massively what you want. You might not be ready, and your project will peter out. So be patient and embrace the small invitations.

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