Sixteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time – The Parable of the Mustard Seed

The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed which a man took and sowed in his field. It is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the biggest shrub of all and becomes a tree so that the birds of the air come and shelter in its branches. Matthew 13:31–32


In today’s gospel Jesus takes an example from the plants around him as he preaches. The plant referred to by Jesus here is generally considered to be the black mustard (brassica nigra), a large plant which grows annually up to 2.7 metres (about 9 feet) tall. The seed of the mustard plant is so small that if you were holding one in your hand and dropped it on the ground, you might not be able to find it. Yet, even though the mustard seed is one of the smallest of all seeds, when it is planted in the ground, it grows into a plant more like a tree that birds can perch on its branches and can even build their nests in it.


Like the mustard seed plant, most of the amazing things that happen in our ordinary life, and out life of faith, occur out of the tiny “mustard seeds” which have been planted earlier in my life. Little efforts put into things when we don’t see as important at the time, come to fruit. Spending a little extra time in prayer, leading to a deeper and richer prayer life. Spending a little time to help a person which becomes a strong friendship that comes to fruition just when you need it. Time and time again in life, the little beginnings lead to great things.


So, today when the big things happening in the world, especially the pandemic, can seem to overwhelm us; let us focus on the little things that we can control. The little things, in life and in faith, which God will use to his greater glory and to change us and the whole world.  The small seed sown by Jesus and his disciples has since those days spread throughout the world, it can spread anew in us.


Mass today will be at 10.00am and you are welcome to join us online.


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Please note that St. Teilo’s will be open for Private Prayer from 12 Noon to 1pm today (Sunday) and 2pm to 4pm on Friday.


Next Sunday St. Teilo’s will be open for Mass at 10.00am. Details of how to book, if you wish to come can be found in the newsletter.

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