11th Sunday in Ordinary Time


Many of the parables in the Gospel of Mark are about seeds. The parables contrast the smallest of seed with the large size of the final sized result. This is the way Jesus chose to teach about the kingdom of God. The kingdom is seen as a mystery that is the very fabric of ordinary life.

In the second parable today, Jesus speaks of a mustard seed which is very tiny. When a mustard seed is fully grown, it becomes a fairly large bush about six or seven feet tall. These shrubs would have been found everywhere. Jesus’ point is that the reality of God’s kingdom is found in the ordinary things of daily living. We’ll discover the kingdom if we begin to notice that God’s love can be found in what we would consider simple, ordinary things.


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