It is 27th July 2020.
The readings are from Jeremiah 13:1-11; and the Gospel from Matthew 13:31-35.
When God becomes a leisure, the attraction to have the treasure dies gradually. Pride and arrogance close all doors and windows of listening to God and one another. “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Mt.6:21).
Just like mothers who carry around the children with the cloth, God embraces us with God’s holiness as the loincloth around the waist of the prophet.
We are so close to God’s bosom. We are the treasured possession of God from the time of our conception.
“Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you, and before you were born, I consecrated you.” (Jer.1:5).
The loincloth mentioned in the first reading symbolises the closeness of God and God’s people. Symbolically reminds of holiness need to be guarded from the sin of pride and the corruption of the sinful people around. God loves us so intimately and so calls us “to be my people, my glory, my honour and my boast”. (Jer.13:11).
The responsorial verse laments, “You have forgotten God who gave you birth.” (Deut.32:18).
The Gospel reminds us that good works however small has the power to permeate, and pervasive.
As the tiny mustard seed and the leaven, so we are to be in the community in doing our good works.
To shun the condemnation, we need to complement the community with our share.
As a believer in Jesus, we need to be integrated into the community and willing to include everyone however challenging they might be.
Our evangelisation must not exclude any person whom we consider proud, arrogant, and evil.
Goodness grows anyway and everywhere. Our personal change alone takes all our resources. We need our spiritual stamina to change the society around. Our personal conversion is solely required for any desired social transformation.
God’s mercy is in abundance even where the sins abound. Our ministry and the mission work need to have the pervasive presence of Jesus and the value of Kingdom.
However little bit of good we have; we can be present and pervasive in the community. Every little gesture and initiative are needed for our evangelisation to reach out to many. May you have a good day spreading the fragrance of goodness. God bless you.