The blog will go on a temporary hiatus as I will undergo surgery today. Please say a prayer for me as I have back surgery today.
Two parables:mustard seed plant and yeast. The mustard seed shows growth from within and yeast, growth from without. The Kingdom might start out small but will grow beyond imagining. We sometimes ask ourselves how can the Kingdom grow to be so large, so many things work against it. Just read the news. But, it is at those times, we forget about God’s power and wisdom.
Children who enjoy a high degree of physical contact with parents are much healthier than those who don’t. Infants who are touched a lot walk sooner, talk sooner, and have higher IQs. If ordinary human touch has such power, think of what power being touched by Jesus brings!
Today, we should count the days till the Solemnity of Christ the King (28 days). Like Bartimaeus, we must recognize the “Son of David,” On Christ the King, we will be asked to cast aside our own cloaks (Like he did in today’s gospel story) and will be asked to follow Jesus to His Kingdom. If this proves difficult, Bartimaeus has taught us what to say: “Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me.” Are we wise enough to know what to ask for?
There was a story of a thief who stole a recorder from a local church. there was a tape inside so he listened to it. It was a moving sermon urging sinners to change their ways. The thief was so impressed that he returned the recorder and change the way he lived. How sincere are we in reforming our lives?
Jesus was speaking to people to whom the weather forecast was important (fishermen and farmers). They could read the signs of the weather but not the signs regarding Him. In our times, He continues to give us signs of His presence (spontaneous forgiveness leads to early peace, little prayer means little spiritual progress, carrying a grudge makes charity difficult, expressing gratitude opens our souls). Can you read the signs?
“I have come to divide…” Did Jesus come to bring peace or war? In today’s gospel, He says both. For people searching for truth, Jesus’ teaching leads to joy and peace. For people in search of other things, it leads to division.