Every once in a while a reading from Mass will stick with me. Really stick. It gets into my heart and mind. I look it over, think it over, dream it over. Yesterday’s Gospel (Mt. 13: 24-43) was just such a reading.
It resonated with me because it illustrates for me how we faith-full bloggers and social media mavens ought to approach our time and efforts online. We should be sowing good seed. That doesn’t mean proselytizing everyone. It means being the leavening. Lifting people up. Being positive, comforting, joyful. Loving everyone. Willing their good.
Too many of my Catholic friends feel that they must pull up the weeds.
Jesus teaches, in yesterday’s reading from the Gospel that we are to work gently, quietly, faithfully. He tells us this using three different parables. The parable of the wheat and weed suggests that in pulling up the weeds – the people who are doing the will of Satan – we may also destroy ourselves and be good for nothing. At harvest, the wheat and weeds will be sorted out by the angels.
Trust that the wheat seed will grow and thrive.
“The kingdom of Heaven is like a mustard seed…” The Gospel of Life is small and humble. It is simple. Yet when it is nurtured, it grows into something great that outshines all other worldly messages. When we show, through sharing our lives, the goodness of God, and when people witness our gentle ways, that mustard seed will grow into something glorious, and we will attract the ‘birds of the air’, who will come and ‘collect seed’ and spread it somewhere else. Our branches are the people who share our posts or status updates, the birds are those who are inspired by us to write their own blogs and inspirational messages.
Grow where you are planted, let your branches spread wide, and welcome those who will share your inspiration.
“The kingdom of heaven is like yeast…” When we share the simple message of love with our readers, when we are living a small life taken up with mothering and being faithful partner to our husbands, it can seem like we aren’t making impact in the world. Not so. The third parable tells of a woman making loaves of bread. If you’ve made a yeast bread before, you know that the measure of yeast is very small compared with that of flour. Yet when water is added and it is left to prove, and when we knead the dough, that little bit of yeast lifts the dough to twice (or more) what it would be without leavening. Sharing your life with readers, your small faith-filled life, uplifts others. We are small compared with the world, compared with ‘popular society’, yet our small voice can uplift it. Without our small voices, our humble lives of faith and faithfulness, society won’t grow at all.
Let the world knead on over and around us, it will allow our uplifting message to make a greater impact.
We don’t need to be big or ‘special’. We only need to RECOGNIZE the beauty of every day life for the marvelous, precious gift that it is, and then share that. Be grateful and joyful in the sharing. Be honest about the trials in life. We all have them and it is good to acknowledge that. But seek the blessing in the trial and share it so that others may be uplifted in their own sufferings, and, in turn, share the blessings in their own difficulties with others.
These are how we reveal the Kingdom of Heaven.
This is how we shine like the sun.