Tuesday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time

Reading (EPH 5:21-33)

Brothers and sisters: Be subordinate to one another out of reverence for Christ. Wives should be subordinate to their husbands as to the Lord. For the husband is head of his wife just as Christ is head of the Church, he himself the savior of the Body. As the Church is subordinate to Christ, so wives should be subordinate to their husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ loved the Church and handed himself over for her to sanctify her, cleansing her by the bath of water with the word, that he might present to himself the Church in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. So also husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no one hates his own flesh but rather nourishes and cherishes it, even as Christ does the Church, because we are members of his Body. For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. This is a great mystery, but I speak in reference to Christ and the Church. In any case, each one of you should love his wife as himself, and the wife should respect her husband.

Responsorial Psalm (PS 128:1-2, 3, 4-5)

R. (1a) Blessed are those who fear the Lord. Blessed are you who fear the LORD, who walk in his ways! For you shall eat the fruit of your handiwork; blessed shall you be, and favored. R. Blessed are those who fear the Lord. Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine in the recesses of your home; Your children like olive plants around your table. R. Blessed are those who fear the Lord. Behold, thus is the man blessed who fears the LORD. The LORD bless you from Zion: may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem all the days of your life. R. Blessed are those who fear the Lord.

Alleluia (MT 11:25)

R. Alleluia, alleluia. Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth; You have revealed to little ones the mysteries of the Kingdom. R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel (LK 13:18-21)

Jesus said, "What is the Kingdom of God like? To what can I compare it? It is like a mustard seed that a man took and planted in the garden. When it was fully grown, it became a large bush and 'the birds of the sky dwelt in its branches.'" Again he said, "To what shall I compare the Kingdom of God? It is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of wheat flour until the whole batch of dough was leavened."

Reflection (on the Gospel)

Let’s look at Jesus’s first parable from the Gospel, considering that “the garden” is our own soul, while “the mustard seed” is the Kingdom of God, Jesus himself.

During the early stages of Faith, Jesus’ presence in us may be small and not noticeable, especially exteriorly. As we “water” that beautiful inner presence of God with prayer, “shelter it from plagues” with humility, “pull the weeds” growing in the garden with mortification, and “protect it from rodents” by resourcing to our Lady, the Holy Angels, and the Saints, that presence will grow and form deep roots and long branches.

Eventually, through Jesus’ strong and growing presence in us, the “birds of the sky” will dwell on the tree’s branches; in other words, Jesus’ presence will adorn us with all the virtues, and we will be pleasing to the eyes of The Lord.

Jesus, have mercy on us!

Our Lady of Perpetual Help, pray for us!

Saint Michael the Archangel, pray for us!

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