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Liturgical day: Monday 17th in Ordinary Time

Gospel text (Mt 13,31-35): «The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, that a man took and sowed in his field. It is smaller than all other seeds, but once it has fully grown, it is bigger than any garden plant; like a tree». Jesus put another parable before them, «The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, that a man took and sowed in his field. It is smaller than all other seeds, but once it has fully grown, it is bigger than any garden plant; like a tree, the birds come and rest in its branches».

He told them another parable, «The kingdom of heaven is like the yeast that a woman took and buried in three measures of flour until the whole mass of dough began to rise». Jesus taught all this to the crowds by means of parables; He did not say anything to them without using a parable. So what the Prophet had said was fulfilled: ‘I will speak in parables. I will proclaim things kept secret since the beginning of the world’.

Illustration: Fr. Lluís Raventós Artés

Today Jesus shows another characteristic of his Kingdom: humility, prudence. In fact, God Himself was born small and died "small." The Church was born small and should remain humble. The Empire (Rome), its Emperor (Caesar Augustus), the King (Herod), the Governor (Pontius Pilate), were much greater...

- But over the centuries, the "Parable of the Mustard Seed" has been fulfilled: of those "great ones" there is nothing left; Jesus Christ, instead, is alive and living everywhere.