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CONCERNING GOD’S KINGDOM

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Introduction

Dur­ing his earthly mis­sion, Jesus went about heal­ing people of vari­ous infirm­it­ies. One of those infirm­it­ies was ignor­ance due to lack of adequate inform­a­tion con­cern­ing cer­tain things espe­cially as regards spir­itu­al and reli­gious mat­ters. By, with and through his won­der­ful teach­ings, Jesus healed many people and lib­er­ated them from spir­itu­al dark­ness. This Sunday Gos­pel read­ing presents one of those heal­ings. Jesus uses vari­ous par­ables to explain to the people the nature of the king­dom of God and the con­di­tions for enter­ing it. The fourth chapter of the Gos­pel accord­ing to Mark con­tains at least three par­ables: the par­able of the sower (4:1–20); the par­able of.….….

The parable of the growing seed

He also said, the king­dom of God is as if someone would scat­ter seed on the ground, and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how. The earth pro­duces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head. But when the grain is ripe, at once he goes in with his sickle, because the har­vest has come” (Mark 4:26–29). To the crowd, which Jesus describes, as without shep­herd, he presents the king­dom of God as seed sown in the farm, which grows, and how it grows, the farm­er does not know. Cer­tainly, the farm­er tills the land, plants the seed, weeds the farm and then, hopes the seed grows, and so it hap­pens. But how it hap­pens, he has no min­im­um idea. What he knows is that once the seeds ripe, he goes with his equip­ment for har­vest­ing. The seed grows by itself. That is, without human effort and contribution.

The parable of the mustard seed

Just like the tiny mus­tard seed which when planted, grows into a big tree, the king­dom of God is gained through those little but sin­cere efforts you make, and the good, just and hon­est life you live (though unnoticed to the spir­itu­ally blind). We live in a world where only the middle-class and the upper-class cit­izens are recog­nized. The lower-class cit­izens are of course, the foot match of the.….…

Conclusion

The mes­sage of the par­able of the mus­tard seed is that the king­dom of God had insig­ni­fic­ant begin­ning. Jesus whom the Jews des­pised and rejec­ted star­ted it with his equally insig­ni­fic­ant num­ber of Twelve dis­ciples, but gradu­ally, this king­dom has con­tin­ued to expand even till today. The mes­sage of Jesus is that the king­dom of God is like a mus­tard seed that has grown into a mighty tree. Gen­er­ally, fan­at­ics think they have to tor­ture and suf­fer them­selves for them to enter the king­dom of God. Such is abso­lutely not neces­sary. This is

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