Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Mt 13/44-52
Todays parable is in all
probability a doubling of last weeks parable. Matthew found both of them
in the tradition with which he was working. They were sufficiently different for him to
include both in his Gospel. See last weeks
background for an explanation. The Mustard
Seed story is an addition in this version. It turns out to be an accurate prediction.
Sociologist Rodney Stark in a recent study argues that there were only a thousand
Christians at the end of the first century, six million at the beginning of the third and
thirty million(half the Roman empire) by 350.
read the padre
Once upon a time there was an eighth grade football team that inherited a tradition of losing almost all the games of a season. The other parishes in the league provided uniforms, a coaching staff, even summer training. The kids from St. Useless didnt have a coach or uniforms or much parental support. They were a ragtag band of talented but untrained kids. Then one day a young man watched them stumble through practice. Can I help? he asked them. The team was ready to accept help from anyone. You guys are the best he said. Theres no reason you cant win the conference. But you have to practice, be confident of yourself, and be good friends. No more fighting among the team or with me if Im going to be your unofficial coach. The kids agreed. The first thing the coach taught them was how be friends and play together with one another. Then he told them practice after practice how good they were. Finally he made them work, work, work. You know what happened. They went undefeated won the conference. He made us believe in ourselves. The kids said. The next year the parents hired a real coach and the team finished last.
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