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Citizens Of The Kingdom

The farmer sowing good seed is the Son of Man; the field is the world, the good seed the citizens of the Kingdom
Matthew 13:24-43 or 13:24-30

Sermon Topic Kingdom of God

Sermon Week Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle A

Scripture Summary Matthew 12:37-38


When you plant a seed, you put it in the dark, quiet ground and nothing happens: no violins sing, no trumpets blow, no drums roll. Nevertheless, the spark of life begins to ignite and, slowly but surely, the seed takes root and a plant pushes itself through the ground: there is a harvest! When you turn your mind and heart to God, nothing happens -- or so it seems. No heavenly choirs sing, no thunder rolls, no lightening strikes. Nevertheless, in the quietness of your prayer, the Divine spark ignites and begins to take root in your being and, as it grows, it shows forth in your life. Something has changed. You are reaping a God-centered harvest of thought and action, different than ever before.

"The reign of God may be likened to a man who sowed good seed in his field," Jesus says in today's Gospel Lesson. Later He explains to the disciples that, in the parable, the "man who sowed good seed" is the "Son of Man" (that is, Jesus Himself). The "field," He says, "is the world." And the "good seed, the citizens of the kingdom."

Who are the citizens of the Kingdom? A famous track star was asked what he considered to be the most important part of a race. "The start," he replied. "I must be ready." The citizen of the Kingdom knows how to get ready. The citizen of the Kingdom learns to start each new day in the quietness of prayer: "Today is God's day. The loving Presence of Christ surrounds, guides, protects and blesses me. God's Plan for peace and brotherhood is fully present in all I do this day." The citizen of the Kingdom is like the lovable mystic, Brother Lawrence, who said,

The time of business does not with me differ from the time of prayer, and in the noise and clatter of my kitchen, while several persons are at the same time calling for different things, I possess God in as great tranquility and as if I were upon my knees.

The citizen of the Kingdom is like Saint [...]

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