Ps 106:19-20, 21-22, 23
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.
17TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
Psalter: Week 1 / (Green)
1st Reading: Ex 32:15-24, 30-34
Moses then returned and came down from the mountain carrying in his hands the two tablets of the Testimony, tablets written on both sides, back and front. These tablets were the work of God and the writing graven on the tablets was the writing of God.
When Joshua heard the noise of the people who were shouting he said to Moses, “There is a sound of war in the camp.” But Moses answered, “It is not a victory song, nor the cry of defeat that I hear, but the sound of singing.”
When he drew near to the camp and saw the calf and the dancing, his anger burst forth and he threw down the tablets he was holding, shattering them at the foot of the mountain. Then he seized the calf they had made and burned it in the fire, grinding it into a powder that he scattered over the surface of the water, and this he made the Israelites drink.
Moses said to Aaron, “What did these people do to you that you brought such a great sin on them?”
And Aaron said, “Don’t let your anger be roused. You know this people and how evil they are. They said to me: ‘Make us gods to go before us; as for this Moses, the man who brought us out of Egypt, we don’t know what has happened to him.’ I then said to them that whoever had gold was to give it over to me. I threw it in the fire and out came this calf!
The next day Moses said to the people, “You have committed a very grave sin, but now I am going up to Yahweh; perhaps I will obtain pardon for your sin.”
So Moses went towards Yahweh and said, “Ah! This people has committed a very great sin; they made a god out of gold. And now please forgive their sin if not, blot me out of the book you have written.”
Yahweh said to Moses, “Whoever has sinned against me, I will blot him out from my book. Go now! Lead the people where I told you. My Angel will walk before you and on the day of punishment I will punish them for their sin.“
Gospel: Mt 13:31-35
Jesus offered the crowd another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his ?eld.
“It is smaller than all other seeds, but once it is fully grown, it is bigger than any garden plant; like a tree, the birds come and rest in its branches.”
He told them another parable, “The kingdom of heaven is like the yeast that a woman took, and hid in three measures of ?our, until the whole mass of dough began to rise.”
Jesus taught all these things to the crowds by means of parables; he did not say anything to them without using a parable. This ful?lled what was spoken by the Prophet: I will speak in parables. I will proclaim things kept secret since the beginning of the world.
Saint Jerome writes: “Predicatio evangelii minima est omnibus disciplinis.” He is quiet right: the preaching of the Gospel is the most modest of all intellectual subjects. First of all because of its content. It rests mainly on statements which are a scandal to human reason: a God who becomes man, a God who lets himself be crucified, a corpse which rises from the dead. In its presentation also the Gospel lacks sophistication; the least illiterate can understand its message, so simple is its formulation. In this respect too, in comparison with quantum physics, psychopathology, sociology and all the other branches of modern science, the Gospel plays the part of the poor relative. It is truly the mustard seed among human disciplines.
And yet only this mustard seed can become the great tree offering a shelter to all the people of the earth. Immunology and radiogenetics may succeed in promoting the life of human beings; but only the Gospel can give a meaning to that life.
Left to itself the dough is completely inert. It needs the leaven to transform it. Without Christ in my life, I am an inert dough. With him as the ferment of my deeper self, I become a nourishing bread offered to all.
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