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God’s work will be done


Today’s gospel consists of two parables which seem to have quite different meanings but which have a common theme; the growth of plants. Parables usually start with the words “The Kingdom of God is like”, but what is this kingdom.

The Kingdom of God is not a place, rather it is a state of mind where we put ourselves under the power of God to experience that power and to be empowered by it. That power is the power of love. It is a creating, embracing power, an encouraging power, a power that lifts up and enables us to be what we are called to be. In today’s Gospel, Jesus is giving an image of that kingship or power of God at work. He compares it to the situation of a farmer planting seed on his land. “Night and day, while he sleeps, when he is awake, the seed is sprouting and growing; how he does not know.” And Jesus goes on: “Of its own accord the land produces first the shoot, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. And when the crop is ready, he loses no time: he starts to reap because the harvest has come.” In the second parable Jesus gives another image of the kingdom of god, this time as a mustard seed, the smallest of all seeds but which grows into a large shrub. So today’s readings are about how God works, we could say they remind us that God’s work will be carried out whether we cooperate or not. If we choose not to cooperate, God’s plans will not be frustrated but we ourselves will be the losers. Maybe there is a message here for us as we develop our partnership.

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