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What's Best For The Children?

The Kingdom of God is like a mustard seed
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 13:31


The Apostle Paul has summarized our final destiny in the one word: "heirs." "The fact that you are a son makes you an heir" he said (Gal. 4:7). Because we are children of God, we are destined from all eternity to share in our Father's Estate. Because we are children of God, we are destined to share in our Father's Kingdom.

By God's design, the building of the Kingdom is a family affair. "The Kingdom of God is in the midst of you" Jesus said (Lk. 17:21). And in today's Gospel Lesson, He says,

The Kingdom of like a mustard seed which when sown upon the ground is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; yet when it is sown it grows and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade (Mk. 4:30,31).

The Kingdom of God is like leaven which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal, till it was all leavened (Mt. 13:33).

By God's design, the mustard seed and the leaven have been implanted in our hearts. By God's design, His Kingdom will come to the extent that it is developed and nurtured in the hearts of His children and heirs. By God's design, His Kingdom will come when the community of man comes to regard the title "Children of God" as seriously as life itself: as a profound expression of life's destiny; as something to be lived and lived up to. The Kingdom will come, Jesus tells us, when we have learned to "love one another as He has loved us." That, by God's design, is our means of living up to the name we bear as members of this worshipping community: Christians! That is our destiny, by God's design, now and in all our days to come.

The truly marvelous thing about Jesus' New Commandment of Love is that the newness never wears off. A new and unique power to love is breathed into the heart and soul of every human creature of God. [...]

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