Wednesday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time
(Exodus 16:1-5.9-15; Matthew 13:1-9)
Some seeds are so small that they cannot be seen with the naked eye. No seed is very large. Yet seeds can grow many times the stature of humans. In today’s gospel passage Jesus intends to show how the word of God is like a seed. It seems insignificant when it is first spoken. But it can grow to do much good.
The history of Christianity is full of examples. The Church itself began as a small community of disciples. Within five centuries it became the most prominent institution in the western world. St. Teresa of Kolkata started the Missionaries of Charity seventy years ago with a small group of woman. Today the congregation has sisters tending the poor in most of the major cities of the world.
First and foremost, Christ is the Word of God. Derivatively Holy Scripture telling about Christ is the word. In a further relative sense we Christians are God’s word. We become expressions of His love when we care for one another. Thinking less of ourselves and doing more for others we will produce abundant fruit.