Reflection for Tuesday, October 29, 2002: 30th week in Ordinary Time.

dc.contributor.authorRodriguez, Luis, S.J.en_US
dc.contributor.cuauthorRodriguez, Luis, S.J.en_US IIen_US Timeen_US 30en_US
dc.description.abstractAs Jesus presents two images of the kingdom of heaven, the theme of today's gospel passage seems to be "disproportion." There is indeed a seeming disproportion between mustard seed or leaven and the ensuing results, even if we know that both contain in themselves the potential for those results. I surmise that the "surprise" has its roots in the expectations. Unless one is observant or somewhat educated in the natural sciences, one does not expect a large bush from a tiny seed or a rising mass of fermented dough from a bit of leaven. Hence the sense of disproportion.||But I believe that, in using those two images, Jesus is pointing to real, not just seeming, disproportion as an image of the kingdom of heaven and perhaps more specifically as an image of what we can do to bring about the kingdom of heaven. There is indeed a true disproportion between what we can contribute and what God can do with what we make available to a given situation. It is the disproportion between the five loaves plus two fishes and the feeding of a hungry crowd [Luke 9:12-17], a result beyond the disciples' expectations. It is also the disproportion between repeating the motions that had yielded no catch in a whole frustrating night and having to call for the help of a second boat to collect the catch when the nets are cast "in your name"[Luke 5:4-11], something the disciples did not expect either. What overcomes the disproportion is not a "potential" hidden in what we contribute, as was the case with the mustard seed and the leaven, but Jesus' power at work as a sign that the kingdom of heaven is at hand.|Besides the disproportion between contribution and results, there is also a disproportion between contribution and reward. Indeed, the workers called to the vineyard in the late afternoon received a full day's salary [Matthew 20:1-16] in a parable intended to teach the listeners what the kingdom of heaven is like. It was those workers, who expected a proportion, that were disappointed.|Because the kingdom of heaven is beyond what we can humanly expect, it will help to watch our expectations, lest we become frustrated. After all, frustration is the direct result of an unfulfilled expectation and it is generally much easier to deal with expectations than it is to deal with frustrations.en_US
dc.identifier.otherLectionary number: 480en_US
dc.program.unitCreighton University Medical Centeren_US
dc.program.unitJesuit Communityen_US
dc.publisherUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraska, United Statesen_US
dc.rightsThese reflections may not be sold or used commercially without permission. Personal or parish use is permitted.en_US
dc.rights.holderUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.subject.local1Ephesians 5:21-33en_US
dc.subject.local2Psalms 128:1-2, 3, 4-5en_US
dc.subject.local4Luke 13:18-21en_US
dc.titleReflection for Tuesday, October 29, 2002: 30th week in Ordinary Time.en_US
dc.title.seriesDaily Reflections (Meditations) on the Scriptures from the Roman Catholic Lectionary.en_US
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