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Sunday, June 14, 2015

Parable of the Mustard Seed - Mark 4:26 - 34

Parable of the Seed and 

Parable of the Mustard Seed

"Small beginnings with the help of God's 
Grace can lead to big outcomes." 
Father James Kubicki 

Our Gospel today on the Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time is from Mark. It is the parable of the seed and the mustard seed.  Here is the commentary from The Navarre Bible New Testament on this passage.     

The parables of the seed and the mustard seed are so simple that is it easy to overlook their deep significance. They are based on the idea of growth; that of the seed speaks of the Kingdom's intrinsic effectiveness and gradual development (v. 27); that of the mustard seed has to do with the disproportion between the first state (when it is the smallest of all seeds: v. 31) and the last (when it has become a huge bush: v. 32).  

The seed is fruitful, but is must be sown in good ground; if it is, then it will eventually produce the fruit of virtue in the human heart: "Our good desires are the seeds sown in the soil; our first good works are the first shoots they send up; our perseverance in good works is the coming of the first ears of grain; and our perfection in good works, the mature grain ready for harvest." (Saint Gregory the Great, Homiliae in Ezechielem, 2, 3, 5). 

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Parable of the Mustard Seed Icon - Nicusor Dumitru 

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