July 27, 2020 – 17th Week of Ordinary Time

“Seeking the Grace to realize the power of ‘little things’ and ‘little efforts’ in building up the ‘Great Kingdom of God’ and to spread the ‘Immense Love of the Lord’ to all!”

(Based on Jer 13:1-11 and Mt 13:31-35 – Monday of the 17th Week of Ordinary Time)

Jesus in the Gospels loves to use simple, tiny and insignificant objects, to project His message of the Kingdom!

Today He uses the example of the Mustard Seed and the Leaven in describing the Might of the Kingdom!

The mustard seed & leaven would’ve hardly received any attention in the normal sense.

But Jesus, the Master Artist paints these li’l objects into the Mighty Canvas of the Kingdom & delivers a powerful message…

The Kingdom of God has its humble beginnings….but it develops into a Powerful Force!
The Kingdom of God often starts very insignificantly…but it expands into a Huge Reality!
The Kingdom of God initiates in an unnoticed manner….but it enlarges into an Influential Entity!

Little is much when GOD is in it!

The mustard seed develops into a Tree, which renders shelter to the birds of the air (Lk 13: 19)…..
• The sinners find a solace in this Tree….
• The sick encounter support in this Tree..
• The rejected have a remedy in this Tree…
• The cast-outs meet consolation in this Tree….
• The prostitutes experience peace in this Tree…

The leaven which is little, makes the whole mass of dough to rise (Lk 13: 21)…
• The rod in Moses’ hand…a shepherds’ ordinary crook…became a mighty symbol of God’s Power
• The jawbone with Samson…. a decaying useless bone…became an instrument of killings thousands of enemies!
• The stone in David’s hand….an unnoticed stone… became the means of conquering the gigantic Goliath!

Little is much when GOD is in it!

We live in times when many things are explained or rejected in terms of science, psychology, post-modern modern philosophies and assorted spiritualities
We live in times when material values and worldly attitudes are corroding our lives.
We live in times when ethical principles and traditional virtues often get kicked into the backyard!

Times are bad. Times are worsening. Times are sickening…
Times, are even, sometimes seen to be hopeless, scary and terrifying!

But we also ought to realize that…many things, which cannot be discovered and understood through the microscope of science and modern theories can be discovered by looking through the eyes of faith!

Yes, massive things can be seen and achieved by looking through the miniscule eye of Faith!

Our efforts and attempts to spread God’s Kingdom may be just minor and appearing to be insignificant…
… like the Mustard Seed and the Leaven.

But, little is much, when God is in it!!

The Lord reminds each of us of “His Immense Love” (and His deep pain, when we refuse to accept His Love!) through the example of the “loin cloth” in the Book of Prophet Jeremiah:

“This evil people, who refuse to hear my words, who stubbornly follow their own heart and have gone after other gods to serve them and worship them, shall be like this waistcloth, which is good for nothing.”
“For as the waistcloth clings to the loins of a man, so I made the whole house of Israel and the whole house of Judah cling to me, says the Lord, that they might be for me a people, a name, a praise, and a glory, but they would not listen!” (Jer 13:10-11)

May we seek the grace to realize the power of “little things” and “little efforts” in building up the “Great Kingdom of God” and to spread the “Immense Love of the Lord” to all!

God Bless! Live Jesus!

Quotable-quote-a-day-with-St Francis de Sales (SFS) – “If you do all in God’s Name, all you do will be well done…
… whether you eat, drink or sleep…

So long as you do all wisely, you will gain greatly as in God’s sight, doing all because He would have you do it!”

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