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June 11, 2018

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DAILY MEDITATION
by Rev. Peter Tuyen Tran

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In the first reading, Barnabas is sent to help the Church in Antioch; he convinces Saul to join him in the mission. Today’s Gospel present the Sermon on the Mount in which Jesus teaches a new way of living based on the Beatitudes.

Let us use our gifts for God’s glory – Barnabas, whose name means “son of encouragement,” used his spiritual gifts for God’s glory. Just as Barnabas used his gift to bless the whole Church, let us strive to use the gifts God has given us each day to love one another and follow in Jesus’ footsteps.

Memorial of Saint Barnabas, Apostle
Lectionary: 580/359

Reading 1 Acts 11:21b-26; 12:1-3

In those days a great number who believed turned to the Lord.
The news about them reached the ears of the Church in Jerusalem,
and they sent Barnabas to go to Antioch.
When he arrived and saw the grace of God,
he rejoiced and encouraged them all
to remain faithful to the Lord in firmness of heart,
for he was a good man, filled with the Holy Spirit and faith.
And a large number of people was added to the Lord.
Then he went to Tarsus to look for Saul,
and when he had found him he brought him to Antioch.
For a whole year they met with the Church
and taught a large number of people,
and it was in Antioch that the disciples
were first called Christians.

Now there were in the Church at Antioch prophets and teachers:
Barnabas, Symeon who was called Niger,
Lucius of Cyrene,
Manaen who was a close friend of Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.
While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said,
“Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul
for the work to which I have called them.”
Then, completing their fasting and prayer,
they laid hands on them and sent them off.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 98:1, 2-3ab, 3cd-4, 5-6

  1. (see 2b) The Lord has revealed to the nations his saving power.
    Sing to the LORD a new song,
    for he has done wondrous deeds;
    His right hand has won victory for him,
    his holy arm.
    R. The Lord has revealed to the nations his saving power.
    The LORD has made his salvation known:
    in the sight of the nations he has revealed his justice.
    He has remembered his kindness and his faithfulness
    toward the house of Israel.
    R. The Lord has revealed to the nations his saving power.
    All the ends of the earth have seen
    the salvation by our God.
    Sing joyfully to the LORD, all you lands;
    break into song; sing praise.
    R. The Lord has revealed to the nations his saving power.
    Sing praise to the LORD with the harp,
    with the harp and melodious song.
    With trumpets and the sound of the horn
    sing joyfully before the King, the LORD.
    R. The Lord has revealed to the nations his saving power.

Alleluia Mt 5:12a

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Rejoice and be glad,
    for your reward will be great in heaven.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Mt 5:1-12

When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain,
and after he had sat down, his disciples came to him.
He began to teach them, saying:

“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the land.
Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the clean of heart,
for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness,
for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you
and utter every kind of evil against you falsely because of me.
Rejoice and be glad,
for your reward will be great in heaven.
Thus they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

 

June 12, 2018

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DAILY MEDITATION
by Rev. Peter Tuyen Tran

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In the first reading, the widow is too poor to feed Elijah, but through God’s intercession she is able to feed her son and herself for a year. In the Gospel, we hear that we are the salt and light of the earth, and that we must share the word of God with others.

Trust God and step out in faith – In God, there is hope and as faithful followers of Christ, we need to be his light to the world. How can we shine God’s light in a world filled with darkness?  By spreading hope and charity to all whom we meet.

Tuesday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 360

Reading 1 1 Kgs 17:7-16

The brook near where Elijah was hiding ran dry,
because no rain had fallen in the land.
So the LORD said to Elijah:
“Move on to Zarephath of Sidon and stay there.
I have designated a widow there to provide for you.”
He left and went to Zarephath.
As he arrived at the entrance of the city,
a widow was gathering sticks there; he called out to her,
“Please bring me a small cupful of water to drink.”
She left to get it, and he called out after her,
“Please bring along a bit of bread.”
She answered, “As the LORD, your God, lives,
I have nothing baked;
there is only a handful of flour in my jar
and a little oil in my jug.
Just now I was collecting a couple of sticks,
to go in and prepare something for myself and my son;
when we have eaten it, we shall die.”
Elijah said to her, “Do not be afraid.
Go and do as you propose.
But first make me a little cake and bring it to me.
Then you can prepare something for yourself and your son.
For the LORD, the God of Israel, says,
‘The jar of flour shall not go empty,
nor the jug of oil run dry,
until the day when the LORD sends rain upon the earth.'”
She left and did as Elijah had said.
She was able to eat for a year, and Elijah and her son as well;
the jar of flour did not go empty,
nor the jug of oil run dry,
as the LORD had foretold through Elijah.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 4:2-3, 4-5, 7b-8

  1. (7a) Lord, let your face shine on us.
    When I call, answer me, O my just God,
    you who relieve me when I am in distress;
    Have pity on me, and hear my prayer!
    Men of rank, how long will you be dull of heart?
    Why do you love what is vain and seek after falsehood?
    R. Lord, let your face shine on us.
    Know that the LORD does wonders for his faithful one;
    the LORD will hear me when I call upon him.
    Tremble, and sin not;
    reflect, upon your beds, in silence.
    R. Lord, let your face shine on us.
    O LORD, let the light of your countenance shine upon us!
    You put gladness into my heart,
    more than when grain and wine abound.
    R. Lord, let your face shine on us.

Alleluia Mt 5:16

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Let your light shine before others
    That they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Mt 5:13-16

Jesus said to his disciples:
“You are the salt of the earth.
But if salt loses its taste, with what can it be seasoned?
It is no longer good for anything
but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.
You are the light of the world.
A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden.
Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket;
it is set on a lampstand,
where it gives light to all in the house.
Just so, your light must shine before others,
that they may see your good deeds
and glorify your heavenly Father.”

 

June 13, 2018

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DAILY MEDITATION
by Rev. Peter Tuyen Tran

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In today’s first reading, the prophet Elijah challenges the prophets of Baal to call in their gods to start the sacrificial fire. When they could not, Elijah called on the one true God and the Lord’s fire came down. In Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus tells his disciples that he has come not to abolish the law, but to fulfill it.

Jesus is the fulfillment of the law – Anyone can blindly follow rules, or live by the law. Living by the law of love is more challenging. This is the life that Jesus embodies, and commands us to follow. If someone were to look at our lives and listen to the way we talk, would they be convinced that God is at our center?

Memorial of Saint Anthony of Padua, Priest and Doctor of the Church
Lectionary: 361

Reading 1 1 Kgs18:20-39

Ahab sent to all the children of Israel
and had the prophets assemble on Mount Carmel.

Elijah appealed to all the people and said,
“How long will you straddle the issue?
If the LORD is God, follow him; if Baal, follow him.”
The people, however, did not answer him.
So Elijah said to the people,
“I am the only surviving prophet of the LORD,
and there are four hundred and fifty prophets of Baal.
Give us two young bulls.
Let them choose one, cut it into pieces, and place it on the wood,
but start no fire.
I shall prepare the other and place it on the wood,
but shall start no fire.
You shall call on your gods, and I will call on the LORD.
The God who answers with fire is God.”
All the people answered, “Agreed!”

Elijah then said to the prophets of Baal,
“Choose one young bull and prepare it first,
for there are more of you.
Call upon your gods, but do not start the fire.”
Taking the young bull that was turned over to them, they prepared it
and called on Baal from morning to noon, saying,
“Answer us, Baal!”
But there was no sound, and no one answering.
And they hopped around the altar they had prepared.
When it was noon, Elijah taunted them:
“Call louder, for he is a god and may be meditating,
or may have retired, or may be on a journey.
Perhaps he is asleep and must be awakened.”
They called out louder and slashed themselves with swords and spears,
as was their custom, until blood gushed over them.
Noon passed and they remained in a prophetic state
until the time for offering sacrifice.
But there was not a sound;
no one answered, and no one was listening.

Then Elijah said to all the people, “Come here to me.”
When the people had done so, he repaired the altar of the LORD
that had been destroyed.
He took twelve stones, for the number of tribes of the sons of Jacob,
to whom the LORD had said, “Your name shall be Israel.”
He built an altar in honor of the LORD with the stones,
and made a trench around the altar
large enough for two measures of grain.
When he had arranged the wood,
he cut up the young bull and laid it on the wood.
“Fill four jars with water,” he said,
“and pour it over the burnt offering and over the wood.”
“Do it again,” he said, and they did it again.
“Do it a third time,” he said,
and they did it a third time.
The water flowed around the altar,
and the trench was filled with the water.

At the time for offering sacrifice,
the prophet Elijah came forward and said,
“LORD, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel,
let it be known this day that you are God in Israel
and that I am your servant
and have done all these things by your command.
Answer me, LORD!
Answer me, that this people may know that you, LORD, are God
and that you have brought them back to their senses.”
The LORD’s fire came down
and consumed the burnt offering, wood, stones, and dust,
and it lapped up the water in the trench.
Seeing this, all the people fell prostrate and said,
“The LORD is God! The LORD is God!”

Responsorial Psalm Ps 16:1b-2ab, 4, 5ab and 8, 11

  1. (1b) Keep me safe, O God; you are my hope.
    Keep me, O God, for in you I take refuge;
    I say to the LORD, “My Lord are you.”
    R. Keep me safe, O God; you are my hope.
    They multiply their sorrows
    who court other gods.
    Blood libations to them I will not pour out,
    nor will I take their names upon my lips.
    R. Keep me safe, O God; you are my hope.
    O LORD, my allotted portion and cup,
    you it is who hold fast my lot.
    I set the LORD ever before me;
    with him at my right hand I shall not be disturbed.
    R. Keep me safe, O God; you are my hope.
    You will show me the path to life,
    fullness of joys in your presence,
    the delights at your right hand forever.
    R. Keep me safe, O God; you are my hope.

Alleluia Ps 25:4b, 5a

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Teach me your paths, my God,
    and guide me in your truth.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Mt 5:17-19

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets.
I have come not to abolish but to fulfill.
Amen, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away,
not the smallest letter or the smallest part of a letter
will pass from the law,
until all things have taken place.
Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments
and teaches others to do so
will be called least in the Kingdom of heaven.
But whoever obeys and teaches these commandments
will be called greatest in the Kingdom of heaven.”

 

June 14, 2018

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DAILY MEDITATION
by Rev. Peter Tuyen Tran

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In the first reading, Elijah awaits the rain before he and Ahab head to Jezebel. In Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus restates an old commandment and explains the way in which it must be obeyed so as to enter the kingdom of God.

Let us strive to enter the kingdom of God – We are given the keys to the kingdom in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and the fulfillment of God’s promises. Let us heed the instructions he gives us on what we need to do to enter the kingdom.

Thursday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 362

Reading 1 1 Kgs 18:41-46

Elijah said to Ahab, “Go up, eat and drink,
for there is the sound of a heavy rain.”
So Ahab went up to eat and drink,
while Elijah climbed to the top of Carmel,
crouched down to the earth,
and put his head between his knees.
“Climb up and look out to sea,” he directed his servant,
who went up and looked, but reported, “There is nothing.”
Seven times he said, “Go, look again!”
And the seventh time the youth reported,
“There is a cloud as small as a man’s hand rising from the sea.”
Elijah said, “Go and say to Ahab,
‘Harness up and leave the mountain before the rain stops you.'”
In a trice the sky grew dark with clouds and wind,
and a heavy rain fell.
Ahab mounted his chariot and made for Jezreel.
But the hand of the LORD was on Elijah,
who girded up his clothing and ran before Ahab
as far as the approaches to Jezreel.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 65:10, 11, 12-13

  1. (2a) It is right to praise you in Zion, O God.
    You have visited the land and watered it;
    greatly have you enriched it.
    God’s watercourses are filled;
    you have prepared the grain.
    R. It is right to praise you in Zion, O God.
    Thus have you prepared the land:
    drenching its furrows, breaking up its clods,
    Softening it with showers,
    blessing its yield.
    R. It is right to praise you in Zion, O God.
    You have crowned the year with your bounty,
    and your paths overflow with a rich harvest;
    The untilled meadows overflow with it,
    and rejoicing clothes the hills.
    R. It is right to praise you in Zion, O God.

Alleluia Jn 13:34

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    I give you a new commandment:
    love one another as I have loved you.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Mt 5:20-26

Jesus said to his disciples:
“I tell you, unless your righteousness surpasses that
of the scribes and Pharisees,
you will not enter into the Kingdom of heaven.

“You have heard that it was said to your ancestors,
You shall not kill; and whoever kills will be liable to judgment.
But I say to you, whoever is angry with his brother
will be liable to judgment,
and whoever says to his brother, Raqa,
will be answerable to the Sanhedrin,
and whoever says, ‘You fool,’ will be liable to fiery Gehenna.
Therefore, if you bring your gift to the altar,
and there recall that your brother
has anything against you,
leave your gift there at the altar,
go first and be reconciled with your brother,
and then come and offer your gift.
Settle with your opponent quickly while on the way to court with him.
Otherwise your opponent will hand you over to the judge,
and the judge will hand you over to the guard,
and you will be thrown into prison.
Amen, I say to you,
you will not be released until you have paid the last penny.”

 

June 15, 2018

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DAILY MEDITATION
by Rev. Peter Tuyen Tran

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In the first reading, the Word of the Lord came to the prophet Elijah in a tiny whispering sound. Jesus instructs his disciples to look beyond the letter of the law to its greater meaning, citing the examples of adultery and divorce.

Be attentive to the many ways God is present in our lives each day – We have many opportunities to be aware of the presence of God in our daily lives. Let us pause throughout the day to gives thanks to God: for life, food, family, nature and the many other ways that God offers us his gifts.

Friday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 363

Reading 1 1 Kgs 19:9a, 11-16

At the mountain of God, Horeb,
Elijah came to a cave, where he took shelter.
But the word of the LORD came to him,
“Go outside and stand on the mountain before the LORD;
the LORD will be passing by.”
A strong and heavy wind was rending the mountains
and crushing rocks before the LORD—
but the LORD was not in the wind.
After the wind there was an earthquake—
but the LORD was not in the earthquake.
After the earthquake there was fire—
but the LORD was not in the fire.
After the fire there was a tiny whispering sound.
When he heard this,
Elijah hid his face in his cloak
and went and stood at the entrance of the cave.
A voice said to him, “Elijah, why are you here?”
He replied, “I have been most zealous for the LORD,
the God of hosts.
But the children of Israel have forsaken your covenant,
torn down your altars,
and put your prophets to the sword.
I alone am left, and they seek to take my life.”
The LORD said to him,
“Go, take the road back to the desert near Damascus.
When you arrive, you shall anoint Hazael as king of Aram.
Then you shall anoint Jehu, son of Nimshi, as king of Israel,
and Elisha, son of Shaphat of Abel-meholah,
as prophet to succeed you.”

Responsorial Psalm Ps 27:7-8a, 8b-9abc, 13-14

  1. (8b) I long to see your face, O Lord.
    Hear, O LORD, the sound of my call;
    have pity on me, and answer me.
    Of you my heart speaks; you my glance seeks.
    R. I long to see your face, O Lord.
    Your presence, O LORD, I seek.
    Hide not your face from me;
    do not in anger repel your servant.
    You are my helper: cast me not off.
    R. I long to see your face, O Lord.
    I believe that I shall see the bounty of the LORD
    in the land of the living.
    Wait for the LORD with courage;
    be stouthearted, and wait for the LORD.
    R. I long to see your face, O Lord.

Alleluia Phil 2:15d, 16a

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Shine like lights in the world,
    as you hold on to the word of life.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Mt 5:27-32

Jesus said to his disciples:
“You have heard that it was said, You shall not commit adultery.
But I say to you,
everyone who looks at a woman with lust
has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
If your right eye causes you to sin,
tear it out and throw it away.
It is better for you to lose one of your members
than to have your whole body thrown into Gehenna.
And if your right hand causes you to sin,
cut it off and throw it away.
It is better for you to lose one of your members
than to have your whole body go into Gehenna.

“It was also said,
Whoever divorces his wife must give her a bill of divorce.
But I say to you,
whoever divorces his wife (unless the marriage is unlawful)
causes her to commit adultery,
and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.”

 

June 16, 2018

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DAILY MEDITATION
by Rev. Peter Tuyen Tran

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In the first reading, Elijah follows the Lord’s instructions to find Elisha and throws his cloak over him, signifying that Elisha is to serve him. In the Gospel, Jesus calls his disciples to a higher standard.

The Lord calls his disciples to follow him in a way that sets them apart to live by a higher standard – God calls Elisha to a life of service through Elijah, and Elisha responded radically. Jesus continues calling us to holiness, setting a higher standard than the old Mosaic law. Both require a wholehearted “yes” to God.

Saturday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 364

Reading 1 1 Kgs 19:19-21

Elijah set out, and came upon Elisha, son of Shaphat,
as he was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen;
he was following the twelfth.
Elijah went over to him and threw his cloak over him.
Elisha left the oxen, ran after Elijah, and said,
“Please, let me kiss my father and mother goodbye,
and I will follow you.”
Elijah answered, “Go back!
Have I done anything to you?”
Elisha left him and, taking the yoke of oxen, slaughtered them;
he used the plowing equipment for fuel to boil their flesh,
and gave it to his people to eat.
Then he left and followed Elijah as his attendant.

Responsorial Psalm Psalm 16:1b-2a and 5, 7-8, 9-10

  1. (see 5a) You are my inheritance, O Lord.
    Keep me, O God, for in you I take refuge;
    I say to the LORD, “My Lord are you.”
    O LORD, my allotted portion and my cup,
    you it is who hold fast my lot.
    R. You are my inheritance, O Lord.
    I bless the LORD who counsels me;
    even in the night my heart exhorts me.
    I set the LORD ever before me;
    with him at my right hand I shall not be disturbed.
    R. You are my inheritance, O Lord.
    Therefore my heart is glad and my soul rejoices,
    my body, too, abides in confidence;
    Because you will not abandon my soul to the nether world,
    nor will you suffer your faithful one to undergo corruption.
    R. You are my inheritance, O Lord.

Alleluia Ps 119:36a, 29b

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Incline my heart, O God, to your decrees;
    and favor me with your law.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Mt 5:33-37

Jesus said to his disciples:
“You have heard that it was said to your ancestors,
Do not take a false oath,
but make good to the Lord all that you vow.

But I say to you, do not swear at all;
not by heaven, for it is God’s throne;
nor by the earth, for it is his footstool;
nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King.
Do not swear by your head,
for you cannot make a single hair white or black.
Let your ‘Yes’ mean ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No’ mean ‘No.’
Anything more is from the Evil One.”

 

June 17, 2018

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DAILY MEDITATION
by Rev. Peter Tuyen Tran

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In Ezekiel, God uses the image of a tender shoot that becomes a majestic cedar and bears much fruit as a way of promising his care for the people of Israel. Paul challenges all believers to please the Lord. Jesus uses the parables of the sower and the seed, and the mustard seed, to explain the kingdom of God.

Even small works can bear fruit in growing the kingdom of God. The psalmist urges to give thanks to the Lord and to sing of his kindness and faithfulness. For his loving presence is like a great cedar tree giving shade to those in need and fruit to those who hunger.

Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 92

Reading 1 Ez 17:22-24

Thus says the Lord GOD:
I, too, will take from the crest of the cedar,
from its topmost branches tear off a tender shoot,
and plant it on a high and lofty mountain;
on the mountain heights of Israel I will plant it.
It shall put forth branches and bear fruit,
and become a majestic cedar.
Birds of every kind shall dwell beneath it,
every winged thing in the shade of its boughs.
And all the trees of the field shall know
that I, the LORD,
bring low the high tree,
lift high the lowly tree,
wither up the green tree,
and make the withered tree bloom.
As I, the LORD, have spoken, so will I do.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 92:2-3, 13-14, 15-16

  1. (cf. 2a) Lord, it is good to give thanks to you.
    It is good to give thanks to the LORD,
    to sing praise to your name, Most High,
    To proclaim your kindness at dawn
    and your faithfulness throughout the night.
    R. Lord, it is good to give thanks to you.
    The just one shall flourish like the palm tree,
    like a cedar of Lebanon shall he grow.
    They that are planted in the house of the LORD
    shall flourish in the courts of our God.
    R. Lord, it is good to give thanks to you.
    They shall bear fruit even in old age;
    vigorous and sturdy shall they be,
    Declaring how just is the LORD,
    my rock, in whom there is no wrong.
    R. Lord, it is good to give thanks to you.

Reading 2 2 Cor 5:6-10

Brothers and sisters:
We are always courageous,
although we know that while we are at home in the body
we are away from the Lord,
for we walk by faith, not by sight.
Yet we are courageous,
and we would rather leave the body and go home to the Lord.
Therefore, we aspire to please him,
whether we are at home or away.
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ,
so that each may receive recompense,
according to what he did in the body, whether good or evil.

Alleluia

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    The seed is the word of God, Christ is the sower.
    All who come to him will live forever.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Mk 4:26-34

Jesus said to the crowds:
“This is how it is with the kingdom of God;
it is as if a man were to scatter seed on the land
and would sleep and rise night and day
and through it all the seed would sprout and grow,
he knows not how.
Of its own accord the land yields fruit,
first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear.
And when the grain is ripe, he wields the sickle at once,
for the harvest has come.”

He said,
“To what shall we compare the kingdom of God,
or what parable can we use for it?
It is like a mustard seed that, when it is sown in the ground,
is the smallest of all the seeds on the earth.
But once it is sown, it springs up and becomes the largest of plants
and puts forth large branches,
so that the birds of the sky can dwell in its shade.”
With many such parables
he spoke the word to them as they were able to understand it.
Without parables he did not speak to them,
but to his own disciples he explained everything in private.