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A University in Rhode Island?

With what can we compare the Kingdom of God
Ezekiel 17:22-24; Psalms 92:2-3,13-16; 2 Corinthians 5:6-10; Mark 4:26-34

Sermon Week Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle B

Scripture Summary Mark 4:3

Back in the twenties, Thomas Edison wrote these lines:

"We don't know the millionth part of one percent about anything. We don't know what water is. We don't know what light is. We don't know what gravitation is. We don't know what enables us to keep on our feet when we stand up. We don't know what electricity is. We don't know what heat is. We don't know anything about magnetism. We have a lot of hypotheses about these things, but that is all. But we do not let our ignorance about all these things deprive us of their use."

Of course, since the 1920s, we have learned a tremendous amount about the physical and biological sciences. But there is still much more that we don't know. But we do not let our ignorance deprive us of their use.

God is an impenetrable mystery. But we do not let our ignorance deprive us of the experience of His Presence.

Thought is a mystery. But we do not let our ignorance deprive us of the experience of thinking.

Prayer is a mystery. But we do not let our ignorance deprive us of the experience of praying.

The Kingdom of God is a mystery. But we do not let our ignorance deprive us of making it our life's goal.

In today's Gospel Lesson, Jesus says to His disciples,

"With what can we compare the Kingdom of God, or what parable shall we use for it? It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when sown, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; yet when it is sown, it grows up 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. 4:40).

There is a little book called "The Way of the Pilgrim" which beautifully answers these mysteries. "The Way of the Pilgrim" is the story of a nineteenth-century Russian peasant who wandered around from village to village trying to obey the Apostle Paul's command to "pray [...]


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