There is a touching scene in Frederico
Fellini’s movie Amarcord. The people of a small town by the sea go
out to greet an ocean liner.The local
blind man follows the crowd.As the ship
comes into view, shouts go up from the crowd.With all the excitement the blind man exclaims, “I can see it. I can see
it.”Perhaps the people hearing Jesus in
today’s gospel have a similar sensation.
Jesus is describing the
indescribable.The “Kingdom of God,”
after all, is not a locality that we can find on a map.Nor is it form of government – democratic capitalism,
authoritarian communism, or enlightened socialism.Rather, as St. Paul says in Romans, “…the
kingdom of God is… righteousness and peace and
joy in the Holy Spirit.”It is a
community where people care for one another in response to God’s goodness. Jesus
then makes two parables that characterize the kingdom.First, it comes about gradually like a corn
plant produces stalk and ear before the fruit appears.Second, the kingdom gives comfort to many like
a mustard tree shelters many birds.
The passage ends with Jesus
tutoring his disciples. There is plenty of evidence in this Gospel of Mark that
they are slow learners.Maybe they like many
generations afterwards need an explanation regarding why the kingdom is often
aborted.Why do so many communities lack
righteousness, peace and joy?Jesus will
tell them that it is not God’s fault but ours.God gives us the grace to experience His kingdom.We have to say “yes” to His initiative.We have to trust that when we sacrifice
ourselves in love as Jesus did, God’s kingdom is ours.
Bilingual Roman Catholic priest of the Southern Dominican Province. Currently serving as rector of the St. Martin de Porres National Shrine and Institute in Memphis, TN. The "homilettes" on this website are completely his work. He may be contacted for preaching at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Telephone: (415) 279-9234.