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Matthew 13:31-34

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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. 

Matthew 13:31-34
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    • The parables Jesus tells are themselves like seeds: simple stories take root in our lives and, if allowed the light of our reflection and the nourishment of our prayer, grow to become meaningful landmarks. The kingdom of God proclaimed by Jesus may appear in subtle, undistinguished ways. Accepting the reality of the reign of God is not an immediate call to action: the first contact explores our wisdom, patience and trust.
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    • ‘Small is beautiful’ and can also be very effective, as these two parables show. Even a tiny mustard seed, ‘the smallest of all the seeds’, can grow into a small tree, providing shelter for birds. And a little yeast enables bread to rise and become more edible.
    • Similarly, God operates powerfully in simple ways and in ordinary situations. God’s caring presence and traces of God’s kingdom are already evident in the world, if we can see. Lord Jesus, help me to realise that all my positive words and actions, no matter how small, are inspired by the Good Spirit and contribute to building up the kingdom of God here on earth.
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    • The mustard seed and the yeast symbolise the growth brought about by Jesus’ ministry. We are meant to be struck with wonder that one man, Jesus, could bring about the salvation of the world. I ask that I may never try to domesticate God, nor reduce his greatness to what is small and manageable. God is overflowing goodness: let me trust that and rejoice in it.
    • Jesus was a wandering preacher from an out-of-the-way village. He had nowhere to lay his head. Yet he initiates a network of loving relationships that reaches across time and space. While the Christian community has many failings, I thank God for all it achieves.
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    • Lord, you are telling me how to live with the evil in the world. Part of me is impatient to root it out, like the servants offering to weed out the darnel. You tell me to wait on God's judgment and trust that the goodness of his seed will prevail over the weeds. You do not ask us to coerce people into what we think is the right path – that was the illusion of the Inquisition. May I learn patience. When faced with violent people, I will not let their way of treating me determine my way of treating them.
    • We had a fellow on a team once who was bad at passing – he liked to score goals himself, but most of the time he did pass and we scored. Other times he didn’t and he didn’t score. We took the good with the bad, the rough with the smooth. Nothing is perfect. Jesus seems to be saying the same about the growth of that the kingdom of God. Isn’t it the same with all of us? There is a bit of the best in the worst of us and a bit of the worst in the best. Holiness is closeness to God, not perfection.
    • A farmer had a good field and uprooted it of weeds. He showed it to God who said, ‘Well done, the field looks good and it is cleared of weeds. But there are no flowers, no vegetables.’ Even with weeds, the field would have been productive. Our lives are something similar. In the middle of our sins, faults and failings is the love we try to share and live by. God sees that, and oversees and overlooks our sins and weakness and knows that the love of the life of each of us bears fruit in ways we do not know.
    • God sows small seeds and lets them grow at their own pace. God does not look for the maturity of an adult from a teenager, nor the wisdom of the elderly from the younger. The seed is put into deep soil, soil which is the product of others’ work. We depend on each other for growth in faith and in prayer, and we find that God ‘grows’ us in the soil of love, mercy, compassion and friendship.
    • Prayer of St Patrick, Apostle of Ireland. May the Strength of God guide us. May the Power of God preserve us. May the Wisdom of God instruct us. May the Hand of God protect us. May the Way of God direct us. May the Shield of God defend us. May the Angels of God guard us. - Against the snares of the evil one. May Christ be with us! May Christ be before us! May Christ be in us, Christ be over all! May Thy Grace, Lord, Always be ours, This day, O Lord, and forevermore. Amen.
    • But after I reached Ireland I used to pasture the flock each day and I used to pray many times a day. More and more did the love of God and in a day [I said] from one up to a hundred prayers - Confessions of St Patrick.
    • Love is like the mustard seed that grows into a tree. As the love of a married couple can shelter children and family, the love of friends can reach out to others. Prayer is a time when we can ask the Lord that our love grows and that our concern for others and for the world reaches out beyond narrow circles of our people.
    • I see that my life of faith is sometimes evident and identifiable and at other times is hidden and quiet. At this moment I may identify with the blossoming shrub or with the hidden necessary ingredient. I pray that I may be aware that the kingdom of God is present in both.
    • The reign of God is where God’s will holds sway. I ask God to bless my imagination, that I might see signs and images of the kingdom of God in my life.
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    • Lord, you are telling me how to live with the evil in the world. Part of me is impatient to root it out, like the servants offering to weed out the darnel. You tell me to wait on God's judgment and trust that the goodness of his seed will prevail over the weeds. You do not ask us to coerce people into what we think is the right path – that was the illusion of the Inquisition. May I learn patience. When faced with violent people, I will not let their way of treating me determine my way of treating them.
    • We had a fellow on a team once who was bad at passing – he liked to score goals himself, but most of the time he did pass and we scored. Other times he didn’t and he didn’t score. We took the good with the bad, the rough with the smooth. Nothing is perfect. Jesus seems to be saying the same about the growth of that the kingdom of God. Isn’t it the same with all of us? There is a bit of the best in the worst of us and a bit of the worst in the best. Holiness is closeness to God, not perfection.
    • A farmer had a good field and uprooted it of weeds. He showed it to God who said, ‘Well done, the field looks good and it is cleared of weeds. But there are no flowers, no vegetables.’ Even with weeds, the field would have been productive. Our lives are something similar. In the middle of our sins, faults and failings is the love we try to share and live by. God sees that, and oversees and overlooks our sins and weakness and knows that the love of the life of each of us bears fruit in ways we do not know.
    • God sows small seeds and lets them grow at their own pace. God does not look for the maturity of an adult from a teenager, nor the wisdom of the elderly from the younger. The seed is put into deep soil, soil which is the product of others’ work. We depend on each other for growth in faith and in prayer, and we find that God ‘grows’ us in the soil of love, mercy, compassion and friendship.
    • Prayer of St Patrick, Apostle of Ireland. May the Strength of God guide us. May the Power of God preserve us. May the Wisdom of God instruct us. May the Hand of God protect us. May the Way of God direct us. May the Shield of God defend us. May the Angels of God guard us. - Against the snares of the evil one. May Christ be with us! May Christ be before us! May Christ be in us, Christ be over all! May Thy Grace, Lord, Always be ours, This day, O Lord, and forevermore. Amen.
    • But after I reached Ireland I used to pasture the flock each day and I used to pray many times a day. More and more did the love of God and in a day [I said] from one up to a hundred prayers - Confessions of St Patrick.
    • Love is like the mustard seed that grows into a tree. As the love of a married couple can shelter children and family, the love of friends can reach out to others. Prayer is a time when we can ask the Lord that our love grows and that our concern for others and for the world reaches out beyond narrow circles of our people.
    • I see that my life of faith is sometimes evident and identifiable and at other times is hidden and quiet. At this moment I may identify with the blossoming shrub or with the hidden necessary ingredient. I pray that I may be aware that the kingdom of God is present in both.
    • The reign of God is where God’s will holds sway. I ask God to bless my imagination, that I might see signs and images of the kingdom of God in my life.
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    • Lord, you are telling me how to live with the evil in the world. Part of me is impatient to root it out, like the servants offering to weed out the darnel. You tell me to wait on God's judgment and trust that the goodness of his seed will prevail over the weeds. You do not ask us to coerce people into what we think is the right path – that was the illusion of the Inquisition. May I learn patience. When faced with violent people, I will not let their way of treating me determine my way of treating them.
    • We had a fellow on a team once who was bad at passing – he liked to score goals himself, but most of the time he did pass and we scored. Other times he didn’t and he didn’t score. We took the good with the bad, the rough with the smooth. Nothing is perfect. Jesus seems to be saying the same about the growth of that the kingdom of God. Isn’t it the same with all of us? There is a bit of the best in the worst of us and a bit of the worst in the best. Holiness is closeness to God, not perfection.
    • A farmer had a good field and uprooted it of weeds. He showed it to God who said, ‘Well done, the field looks good and it is cleared of weeds. But there are no flowers, no vegetables.’ Even with weeds, the field would have been productive. Our lives are something similar. In the middle of our sins, faults and failings is the love we try to share and live by. God sees that, and oversees and overlooks our sins and weakness and knows that the love of the life of each of us bears fruit in ways we do not know.
    • God sows small seeds and lets them grow at their own pace. God does not look for the maturity of an adult from a teenager, nor the wisdom of the elderly from the younger. The seed is put into deep soil, soil which is the product of others’ work. We depend on each other for growth in faith and in prayer, and we find that God ‘grows’ us in the soil of love, mercy, compassion and friendship.
    • Prayer of St Patrick, Apostle of Ireland. May the Strength of God guide us. May the Power of God preserve us. May the Wisdom of God instruct us. May the Hand of God protect us. May the Way of God direct us. May the Shield of God defend us. May the Angels of God guard us. - Against the snares of the evil one. May Christ be with us! May Christ be before us! May Christ be in us, Christ be over all! May Thy Grace, Lord, Always be ours, This day, O Lord, and forevermore. Amen.
    • But after I reached Ireland I used to pasture the flock each day and I used to pray many times a day. More and more did the love of God and in a day [I said] from one up to a hundred prayers - Confessions of St Patrick.
    • Love is like the mustard seed that grows into a tree. As the love of a married couple can shelter children and family, the love of friends can reach out to others. Prayer is a time when we can ask the Lord that our love grows and that our concern for others and for the world reaches out beyond narrow circles of our people.
    • I see that my life of faith is sometimes evident and identifiable and at other times is hidden and quiet. At this moment I may identify with the blossoming shrub or with the hidden necessary ingredient. I pray that I may be aware that the kingdom of God is present in both.
    • The reign of God is where God’s will holds sway. I ask God to bless my imagination, that I might see signs and images of the kingdom of God in my life.
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    • Lord, you are telling me how to live with the evil in the world. Part of me is impatient to root it out, like the servants offering to weed out the darnel. You tell me to wait on God's judgment and trust that the goodness of his seed will prevail over the weeds. You do not ask us to coerce people into what we think is the right path – that was the illusion of the Inquisition. May I learn patience. When faced with violent people, I will not let their way of treating me determine my way of treating them.
    • We had a fellow on a team once who was bad at passing – he liked to score goals himself, but most of the time he did pass and we scored. Other times he didn’t and he didn’t score. We took the good with the bad, the rough with the smooth. Nothing is perfect. Jesus seems to be saying the same about the growth of that the kingdom of God. Isn’t it the same with all of us? There is a bit of the best in the worst of us and a bit of the worst in the best. Holiness is closeness to God, not perfection.
    • A farmer had a good field and uprooted it of weeds. He showed it to God who said, ‘Well done, the field looks good and it is cleared of weeds. But there are no flowers, no vegetables.’ Even with weeds, the field would have been productive. Our lives are something similar. In the middle of our sins, faults and failings is the love we try to share and live by. God sees that, and oversees and overlooks our sins and weakness and knows that the love of the life of each of us bears fruit in ways we do not know.
    • God sows small seeds and lets them grow at their own pace. God does not look for the maturity of an adult from a teenager, nor the wisdom of the elderly from the younger. The seed is put into deep soil, soil which is the product of others’ work. We depend on each other for growth in faith and in prayer, and we find that God ‘grows’ us in the soil of love, mercy, compassion and friendship.
    • Prayer of St Patrick, Apostle of Ireland. May the Strength of God guide us. May the Power of God preserve us. May the Wisdom of God instruct us. May the Hand of God protect us. May the Way of God direct us. May the Shield of God defend us. May the Angels of God guard us. - Against the snares of the evil one. May Christ be with us! May Christ be before us! May Christ be in us, Christ be over all! May Thy Grace, Lord, Always be ours, This day, O Lord, and forevermore. Amen.
    • But after I reached Ireland I used to pasture the flock each day and I used to pray many times a day. More and more did the love of God and in a day [I said] from one up to a hundred prayers - Confessions of St Patrick.
    • Love is like the mustard seed that grows into a tree. As the love of a married couple can shelter children and family, the love of friends can reach out to others. Prayer is a time when we can ask the Lord that our love grows and that our concern for others and for the world reaches out beyond narrow circles of our people.
    • I see that my life of faith is sometimes evident and identifiable and at other times is hidden and quiet. At this moment I may identify with the blossoming shrub or with the hidden necessary ingredient. I pray that I may be aware that the kingdom of God is present in both.
    • The reign of God is where God’s will holds sway. I ask God to bless my imagination, that I might see signs and images of the kingdom of God in my life.
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    • Lord, you are telling me how to live with the evil in the world. Part of me is impatient to root it out, like the servants offering to weed out the darnel. You tell me to wait on God's judgment and trust that the goodness of his seed will prevail over the weeds. You do not ask us to coerce people into what we think is the right path – that was the illusion of the Inquisition. May I learn patience. When faced with violent people, I will not let their way of treating me determine my way of treating them.
    • We had a fellow on a team once who was bad at passing – he liked to score goals himself, but most of the time he did pass and we scored. Other times he didn’t and he didn’t score. We took the good with the bad, the rough with the smooth. Nothing is perfect. Jesus seems to be saying the same about the growth of that the kingdom of God. Isn’t it the same with all of us? There is a bit of the best in the worst of us and a bit of the worst in the best. Holiness is closeness to God, not perfection.
    • A farmer had a good field and uprooted it of weeds. He showed it to God who said, ‘Well done, the field looks good and it is cleared of weeds. But there are no flowers, no vegetables.’ Even with weeds, the field would have been productive. Our lives are something similar. In the middle of our sins, faults and failings is the love we try to share and live by. God sees that, and oversees and overlooks our sins and weakness and knows that the love of the life of each of us bears fruit in ways we do not know.
    • God sows small seeds and lets them grow at their own pace. God does not look for the maturity of an adult from a teenager, nor the wisdom of the elderly from the younger. The seed is put into deep soil, soil which is the product of others’ work. We depend on each other for growth in faith and in prayer, and we find that God ‘grows’ us in the soil of love, mercy, compassion and friendship.
    • Prayer of St Patrick, Apostle of Ireland. May the Strength of God guide us. May the Power of God preserve us. May the Wisdom of God instruct us. May the Hand of God protect us. May the Way of God direct us. May the Shield of God defend us. May the Angels of God guard us. - Against the snares of the evil one. May Christ be with us! May Christ be before us! May Christ be in us, Christ be over all! May Thy Grace, Lord, Always be ours, This day, O Lord, and forevermore. Amen.
    • But after I reached Ireland I used to pasture the flock each day and I used to pray many times a day. More and more did the love of God and in a day [I said] from one up to a hundred prayers - Confessions of St Patrick.
    • Love is like the mustard seed that grows into a tree. As the love of a married couple can shelter children and family, the love of friends can reach out to others. Prayer is a time when we can ask the Lord that our love grows and that our concern for others and for the world reaches out beyond narrow circles of our people.
    • I see that my life of faith is sometimes evident and identifiable and at other times is hidden and quiet. At this moment I may identify with the blossoming shrub or with the hidden necessary ingredient. I pray that I may be aware that the kingdom of God is present in both.
    • The reign of God is where God’s will holds sway. I ask God to bless my imagination, that I might see signs and images of the kingdom of God in my life.
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    • Lord, you are telling me how to live with the evil in the world. Part of me is impatient to root it out, like the servants offering to weed out the darnel. You tell me to wait on God's judgment and trust that the goodness of his seed will prevail over the weeds. You do not ask us to coerce people into what we think is the right path – that was the illusion of the Inquisition. May I learn patience. When faced with violent people, I will not let their way of treating me determine my way of treating them.
    • We had a fellow on a team once who was bad at passing – he liked to score goals himself, but most of the time he did pass and we scored. Other times he didn’t and he didn’t score. We took the good with the bad, the rough with the smooth. Nothing is perfect. Jesus seems to be saying the same about the growth of that the kingdom of God. Isn’t it the same with all of us? There is a bit of the best in the worst of us and a bit of the worst in the best. Holiness is closeness to God, not perfection.
    • A farmer had a good field and uprooted it of weeds. He showed it to God who said, ‘Well done, the field looks good and it is cleared of weeds. But there are no flowers, no vegetables.’ Even with weeds, the field would have been productive. Our lives are something similar. In the middle of our sins, faults and failings is the love we try to share and live by. God sees that, and oversees and overlooks our sins and weakness and knows that the love of the life of each of us bears fruit in ways we do not know.
    • God sows small seeds and lets them grow at their own pace. God does not look for the maturity of an adult from a teenager, nor the wisdom of the elderly from the younger. The seed is put into deep soil, soil which is the product of others’ work. We depend on each other for growth in faith and in prayer, and we find that God ‘grows’ us in the soil of love, mercy, compassion and friendship.
    • Prayer of St Patrick, Apostle of Ireland. May the Strength of God guide us. May the Power of God preserve us. May the Wisdom of God instruct us. May the Hand of God protect us. May the Way of God direct us. May the Shield of God defend us. May the Angels of God guard us. - Against the snares of the evil one. May Christ be with us! May Christ be before us! May Christ be in us, Christ be over all! May Thy Grace, Lord, Always be ours, This day, O Lord, and forevermore. Amen.
    • But after I reached Ireland I used to pasture the flock each day and I used to pray many times a day. More and more did the love of God and in a day [I said] from one up to a hundred prayers - Confessions of St Patrick.
    • Love is like the mustard seed that grows into a tree. As the love of a married couple can shelter children and family, the love of friends can reach out to others. Prayer is a time when we can ask the Lord that our love grows and that our concern for others and for the world reaches out beyond narrow circles of our people.
    • I see that my life of faith is sometimes evident and identifiable and at other times is hidden and quiet. At this moment I may identify with the blossoming shrub or with the hidden necessary ingredient. I pray that I may be aware that the kingdom of God is present in both.
    • The reign of God is where God’s will holds sway. I ask God to bless my imagination, that I might see signs and images of the kingdom of God in my life.
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    • Lord, you are telling me how to live with the evil in the world. Part of me is impatient to root it out, like the servants offering to weed out the darnel. You tell me to wait on God's judgment and trust that the goodness of his seed will prevail over the weeds. You do not ask us to coerce people into what we think is the right path – that was the illusion of the Inquisition. May I learn patience. When faced with violent people, I will not let their way of treating me determine my way of treating them.
    • We had a fellow on a team once who was bad at passing – he liked to score goals himself, but most of the time he did pass and we scored. Other times he didn’t and he didn’t score. We took the good with the bad, the rough with the smooth. Nothing is perfect. Jesus seems to be saying the same about the growth of that the kingdom of God. Isn’t it the same with all of us? There is a bit of the best in the worst of us and a bit of the worst in the best. Holiness is closeness to God, not perfection.
    • A farmer had a good field and uprooted it of weeds. He showed it to God who said, ‘Well done, the field looks good and it is cleared of weeds. But there are no flowers, no vegetables.’ Even with weeds, the field would have been productive. Our lives are something similar. In the middle of our sins, faults and failings is the love we try to share and live by. God sees that, and oversees and overlooks our sins and weakness and knows that the love of the life of each of us bears fruit in ways we do not know.
    • God sows small seeds and lets them grow at their own pace. God does not look for the maturity of an adult from a teenager, nor the wisdom of the elderly from the younger. The seed is put into deep soil, soil which is the product of others’ work. We depend on each other for growth in faith and in prayer, and we find that God ‘grows’ us in the soil of love, mercy, compassion and friendship.
    • Prayer of St Patrick, Apostle of Ireland. May the Strength of God guide us. May the Power of God preserve us. May the Wisdom of God instruct us. May the Hand of God protect us. May the Way of God direct us. May the Shield of God defend us. May the Angels of God guard us. - Against the snares of the evil one. May Christ be with us! May Christ be before us! May Christ be in us, Christ be over all! May Thy Grace, Lord, Always be ours, This day, O Lord, and forevermore. Amen.
    • But after I reached Ireland I used to pasture the flock each day and I used to pray many times a day. More and more did the love of God and in a day [I said] from one up to a hundred prayers - Confessions of St Patrick.
    • Love is like the mustard seed that grows into a tree. As the love of a married couple can shelter children and family, the love of friends can reach out to others. Prayer is a time when we can ask the Lord that our love grows and that our concern for others and for the world reaches out beyond narrow circles of our people.
    • I see that my life of faith is sometimes evident and identifiable and at other times is hidden and quiet. At this moment I may identify with the blossoming shrub or with the hidden necessary ingredient. I pray that I may be aware that the kingdom of God is present in both.
    • The reign of God is where God’s will holds sway. I ask God to bless my imagination, that I might see signs and images of the kingdom of God in my life.
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    • Lord, you are telling me how to live with the evil in the world. Part of me is impatient to root it out, like the servants offering to weed out the darnel. You tell me to wait on God's judgment and trust that the goodness of his seed will prevail over the weeds. You do not ask us to coerce people into what we think is the right path – that was the illusion of the Inquisition. May I learn patience. When faced with violent people, I will not let their way of treating me determine my way of treating them.
    • We had a fellow on a team once who was bad at passing – he liked to score goals himself, but most of the time he did pass and we scored. Other times he didn’t and he didn’t score. We took the good with the bad, the rough with the smooth. Nothing is perfect. Jesus seems to be saying the same about the growth of that the kingdom of God. Isn’t it the same with all of us? There is a bit of the best in the worst of us and a bit of the worst in the best. Holiness is closeness to God, not perfection.
    • A farmer had a good field and uprooted it of weeds. He showed it to God who said, ‘Well done, the field looks good and it is cleared of weeds. But there are no flowers, no vegetables.’ Even with weeds, the field would have been productive. Our lives are something similar. In the middle of our sins, faults and failings is the love we try to share and live by. God sees that, and oversees and overlooks our sins and weakness and knows that the love of the life of each of us bears fruit in ways we do not know.
    • God sows small seeds and lets them grow at their own pace. God does not look for the maturity of an adult from a teenager, nor the wisdom of the elderly from the younger. The seed is put into deep soil, soil which is the product of others’ work. We depend on each other for growth in faith and in prayer, and we find that God ‘grows’ us in the soil of love, mercy, compassion and friendship.
    • Prayer of St Patrick, Apostle of Ireland. May the Strength of God guide us. May the Power of God preserve us. May the Wisdom of God instruct us. May the Hand of God protect us. May the Way of God direct us. May the Shield of God defend us. May the Angels of God guard us. - Against the snares of the evil one. May Christ be with us! May Christ be before us! May Christ be in us, Christ be over all! May Thy Grace, Lord, Always be ours, This day, O Lord, and forevermore. Amen.
    • But after I reached Ireland I used to pasture the flock each day and I used to pray many times a day. More and more did the love of God and in a day [I said] from one up to a hundred prayers - Confessions of St Patrick.
    • Love is like the mustard seed that grows into a tree. As the love of a married couple can shelter children and family, the love of friends can reach out to others. Prayer is a time when we can ask the Lord that our love grows and that our concern for others and for the world reaches out beyond narrow circles of our people.
    • I see that my life of faith is sometimes evident and identifiable and at other times is hidden and quiet. At this moment I may identify with the blossoming shrub or with the hidden necessary ingredient. I pray that I may be aware that the kingdom of God is present in both.
    • The reign of God is where God’s will holds sway. I ask God to bless my imagination, that I might see signs and images of the kingdom of God in my life.