Study of the Readings
Joyce Ann Zimmerman,
• Words, Phrases
• To the point
• First Two Readings
Think Shrub, Not Cedar
The parables of the kingdom of God are not primarily about heaven, the realm of God that is the reward of good people after death. They are about God's reign on earth wherever people acknowledge God's kingship in their lives
John Kavanaugh, SJ
Life is slow and subtle. Love takes time to show and grow. In life, little acts count. In fact, that is what a life is all about, a long parade of moments deceptively inconsequential.
John J. Pilch
Many parables begin with the phrase “the kingdom of God is like ... ”. The English phrase is unfortunate because Jesus is not describing a place (kingdom) but rather a person (God).
Christ is the kingdom of heaven. Sown like a mustard seed in the garden of the Virgin's womb, he grew up into the tree of the cross whose branches stretch across the world.
Reginald H. Fuller
Faith must, if it is genuine, work in love. We are responsible for our sins and failures even if our good works are the fruit of the Spirit.