I love the parables which of course Jesus used to teach the people and the crowd about life. Yes, Jesus used the parables according to the gospel writers to teach people about how to live in their own context and locations of where they lived. We’re borrowing them now and we may have several sets of lenses in understanding them and interpret them fairly or with justice. We should remind and warn ourselves not to manipulate the parables.
I love the parables because it helps me to see myself and many times, I get embarrassed because I am not able to do 100 % faithfully the teachings of Jesus. But I’m learning and I would love to challenge the young people to learn to live out the Kin-dom of God with us. Or, we, as adults learn from the young people how to live out the Kin-dom of God.
We have twin parables or four parables in this Sunday’s readings. I’m inviting you to think about the message of “Joy in Giving” in 40 seconds. You may also consider using the PP slides for longer time to reflect on the homily in line sentences.
The main points in line sentences are:
Matthew 13:31 "The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field;”
Matthew 13:32 “…smallest of all the seeds, has grown… becomes a tree, …birds of the air come and make nests in its branches."
We live out the Kin-dom of heaven.
By giving all that we have so that the poor may live.
Matthew 13:44a “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which someone found and hid;”
Matthew 13:44b “then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.”
Immigrants give/send support to families in homelands.
Giving produces joy; sustains livelihood.
Jesus, embodiment of God who took side with immigrants.
3 Questions for Reflection/Discussion/Sharing
1.How is the message of giving to the poor all that you have mean to you?
2.How do you find joy in giving during this time of COVID-19 pandemic?
3.How do you find meaning in your faith, witness and service as an immigrant or child or children of immigrants?