Posted by: frburke23 | July 28, 2014

Thought for Monday, 17th Week in Ordinary Time

Matthew 13:31-35

Jesus proposed a parable to the crowds.
“The Kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed
that a person took and sowed in a field.
It is the smallest of all the seeds,
yet when full-grown it is the largest of plants.
It becomes a large bush,
and the birds of the sky come and dwell in its branches.”

He spoke to them another parable.
“The Kingdom of heaven is like yeast
that a woman took and mixed with three measures of wheat flour
until the whole batch was leavened.”

All these things Jesus spoke to the crowds in parables.
He spoke to them only in parables,
to fulfill what had been said through the prophet:

I will open my mouth in parables,
I will announce what has lain hidden from the foundation of the world.


The beauty of Jesus’ parables is that the same story can hit each one of us in a different way.  Moreover, they can mean something different to us each time we read them because our life circumstances are different each time.

Today this parable speaks to me about the power of the Holy Spirit working in our lives.  I have seen examples of how the Lord will plant the mustard seed in someone that is very far from the Lord.  As the Holy Spirit and Word of God begin to take root in one’s life, this mustard seed becomes something amazing and all-consuming.  This person then has the capacity to change the world one person at a time because of the power of the Lord working in his/her life.

The same is true when looking at the possibility of one person changing his/her whole environment in which they live or work.  For example, the Lord may use you to bring your whole family to the Lord.  Or He may use you to evangelize your entire workplace.  Never underestimate the power of the Lord in our lives.

We may think that we don’t have many talents.  We are well aware of our sinfulness.  And yet the Lord wants to do great things through us.  St. Paul said, “It is not I who live, but Christ who lives in me.”  The Lord does not call the gifted, but He gifts the called. 

May we allow the mustard seed to be planted in our hearts.  And may we do all that we can to nurture this seed through prayer, Scripture, love in action, the Eucharist, etc.

God bless,

Fr. Burke



  1. I really look forward to these devotions from the HS inspired Fr Burke. I’m so blessed to call him a friend, Priest and brother!

  2. So powerful comment of St. Paul “It is not I that live, but Christ lives in me. ”
    Thank you Father for your insight on the gospel readings.

  3. Thank you Fr Burke again for giving us powerful words to inspire us. I’m always praying for my youngest that she will come to The Lord again and receive the Bread of Life.

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