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July 26, 2021

St. Joachim and St. Anne

Mt 13: 31-35 

He put before them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field; it is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.” He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of flour until all of it was leavened.” 

Jesus told the crowds all these things in parables; without a parable he told them nothing. This was to fulfill what had been spoken through the prophet: “I will open my mouth to speak in parables; I will proclaim what has been hidden from the foundation of the world.”

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Ever Expanding Love

Today’s memorial of Saints Joachim and Anne, parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary, fits perfectly with today’s Gospel reading of the parables that compare the Kingdom of God to a mustard seed or leaven bread. Jesus teaches that God’s love is not finite; it is constantly growing and “rising”. As a parent, my heart expanded and grew bigger for child number one and then just got bigger for children numbers two and three. Jesus’ parables remind me that the Kingdom of God works like that.

Because the kingdom of God isn’t finite and is constantly expanding, there is no reason for us to judge each other – even when a golden calf is made as in the first reading from today’s Mass (Ex 32: 15-24, 30-34). God reminds us he will take care of any issues and encourages us to try again.

Am I willing to look at others who see the world differently than I do and admit that there is room in the Kingdom of God for all of us? Do I allow my heart to expand to include each person I meet just as a parent does with a new child?

 —Christina Vela is the Director of Equity and Inclusion at Regis Jesuit High School in Aurora, CO and an alum of John Carroll University

 

 

Prayer

Lord, let my heart be good soil,
open to the seed of your Word.
Lord, let my heart be good soil,
where love can grow and peace is understood.

When my heart is hard,
break the stone away.
When my heart is cold,
warm it with the day.
When my heart is lost,
lead me on your way.

Lord, let my heart,
Lord, let my heart,
Lord, let my heart be good soil.

—Lyrics to “Lord, Let My Heart Be Good Soil” by Handt Hanson, © 1985 Prince of Peace Publishing, Changing Church, Inc.


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July 26, 2021

St. Joachim and St. Anne

Mt 13: 31-35 

He put before them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field; it is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.” He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of flour until all of it was leavened.” 

Jesus told the crowds all these things in parables; without a parable he told them nothing. This was to fulfill what had been spoken through the prophet: “I will open my mouth to speak in parables; I will proclaim what has been hidden from the foundation of the world.”

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Ever Expanding Love

Today’s memorial of Saints Joachim and Anne, parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary, fits perfectly with today’s Gospel reading of the parables that compare the Kingdom of God to a mustard seed or leaven bread. Jesus teaches that God’s love is not finite; it is constantly growing and “rising”. As a parent, my heart expanded and grew bigger for child number one and then just got bigger for children numbers two and three. Jesus’ parables remind me that the Kingdom of God works like that.

Because the kingdom of God isn’t finite and is constantly expanding, there is no reason for us to judge each other – even when a golden calf is made as in the first reading from today’s Mass (Ex 32: 15-24, 30-34). God reminds us he will take care of any issues and encourages us to try again.

Am I willing to look at others who see the world differently than I do and admit that there is room in the Kingdom of God for all of us? Do I allow my heart to expand to include each person I meet just as a parent does with a new child?

 —Christina Vela is the Director of Equity and Inclusion at Regis Jesuit High School in Aurora, CO and an alum of John Carroll University

 

 

Prayer

Lord, let my heart be good soil,
open to the seed of your Word.
Lord, let my heart be good soil,
where love can grow and peace is understood.

When my heart is hard,
break the stone away.
When my heart is cold,
warm it with the day.
When my heart is lost,
lead me on your way.

Lord, let my heart,
Lord, let my heart,
Lord, let my heart be good soil.

—Lyrics to “Lord, Let My Heart Be Good Soil” by Handt Hanson, © 1985 Prince of Peace Publishing, Changing Church, Inc.


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

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