Thy Kingdom Come!
Matthew 13: 24-43
Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Today I will talk with someone about how we need to build and extend the Kingdom of God
by | Source: Matthew 13: 24-43
Lord Jesus, I come before you
wanting to grow in my knowledge of you and in my love for you. I want to show my love by truly
loving others as you have loved me. My falls are many; yet I trust in your grace, and I always want
to get back up. I trust that your mercy will change my heart, so that over time I will stand more
than fall. I stand before you, ready to listen to your words and ready to unite myself more
perfectly to your most holy will.
Lord Jesus, open my heart to your
1. Uproot the
Jesus pours his grace upon each one of us; even a drop is enough to
transform our lives. Why, then, are there so many weeds in our gardens? That little ugly guy we call
the devil cannot plant weeds without our permission. How are we going to identify the weeds? How are
we going to uproot them? First, we need to ask these questions: Do we want to find those nasty
weeds? Do we want to do the work necessary to uproot them? Jesus wants to know.
2. Our Hearts Were
Made for God:
After Jesus talks with us about the weeds, he moves the
discussion to a new plane. He wants us to try to penetrate the mystery of his Kingdom, which he
wants to plant in our hearts. Our lives need to be constructive more than anything else, meaning we
need to be focused more on what Christ is sowing in our hearts than on the weeds we’re striving to
uproot (though that is important). A garden is for growing plants, not weeds. Jesus wants us to
appreciate that since he is God, he is infinite, and that even though we are finite, we are blessed
with immortal souls that are equipped to grasp, desire, identify with and surrender to God and his
will. His word is a living, saving word that refashions us in his likeness. Am I hungry for his word
and receptive to Him, who is the Word of God?
3. The Birds of the Air Make Nests in
Christ intends the seed he has planted in our hearts to grow
into a tall, healthy tree, where birds of the air find shelter. He wants us to be sowers of his
heavenly seed. He wants us to be the means for his word to spread to others. Christ sent his
apostles into a hostile world — a world that believed in many gods, a world that had just crucified
Christ. Still, the apostles sowed the Gospel message far and wide, and it took root in the hearts of
many. The Kingdom of God grew. Now it is our turn. Jesus calls us to be apostles, to sow his Gospel
far and wide. We form part of an unbreakable chain of faith. Let’s live our lives as true and
fearless apostles. Lord Jesus, how can I be your ever faithful and courageous
Jesus, pluck out the weeds in my heart and plant your mission within me.
Fill me with your thirst for the salvation of souls, and move me to quench your thirst with my every
Today I will talk with someone about how we need to build
and extend the Kingdom of God.