Tuesday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time
October 27, 2020
Readings: Letter of Saint Paul to the Ephesians 5:21-33; Psalm 128:1-2, 3, 4-5;
In today’s Gospel narrative, our Lord presents two images of the Kingdom of God; however, the theme seems a bit unequal. There is indeed a seeming unevenness between a mustard seed, a batch of leavened bread, and the ensuing results. I suspect that the surprise has its roots in the expectations. I believe that we would all have to use our imaginations in order to visualize a large bush from one tiny seed or a rising mass of fermented dough from a tiny bit of leaven.
Jesus is pointing to a real, seeming unevenness in the image of the Kingdom of God. Perhaps more specifically, He is showing us as an image of what we can do to bring about the Kingdom of God. Here we can reflect on the unevenness between the five loaves and two fish in feeding the multitude (Luke 9:12-17), a result beyond the disciples expectations. Then there is the unevenness that had yielded no catch during a frustrating night of fishing. After Jesus’ intervention, they have to call for the help of a second boat to collect the catch when the nets are cast on the “right side” (Luke 5:4-11), something the disciple did not expect either.
What overcomes the unevenness is not a potential hidden in what we contribute, as was the case with the mustard seed and the leaven, but Jesus’ power at work as a sign that the Kingdom of God is indeed at hand. Because the Kingdom of God is beyond what we can humanly expect, it will help to watch our expectations, lest we become frustrated. After all, frustration is the direct result of an unfulfilled expectation, and it is generally much easier to deal with expectations that is to deal with frustrations.
Question of the Day: What are the images that convince you that the Kingdom of God is at hand?
Prayer: “Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth; you have revealed to little ones the mysteries of the Kingdom.” (From today’s Gospel Acclamation)