AHC B Parable of the Mustard Seed - Hebrew Catholics

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Mark 4: 26 ― 34

Ordinary 11      Year B


26     He said, “This is how it is with the kingdom of God; 6 it is
         as if a man were to scatter seed on the land

27     and would sleep and rise night and day and the seed would
         sprout and grow, he knows not how.

28     Of its own accord the land yields fruit, first the blade, then
         the ear, then the full grain in the ear.

29     And when the grain is ripe, he wields the sickle at once, for
         the harvest has come.”

30     He said, “To what shall we compare the kingdom of God,
         or what parable can we use for it?

31     It is like a mustard seed that, when it is sown in the
         ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on the earth.

32     7 But once it is sown, it springs up and becomes the largest
         of plants and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of
         the sky can dwell in its shade.”

33     With many such parables he spoke the word to them as
         they were able to understand it.

34     Without parables he did not speak to them, but to his own
         disciples he explained everything in private.

6 [26-29] Only Mark records the parable of the seed’s growth. Sower and harvester are the same. The emphasis is on the power of the seed to grow of itself without human intervention (⇒ Mark 4:27). Mysteriously it produces blade and ear and full grain (⇒ Mark 4:28). Thus the kingdom of God initiated by Jesus in proclaiming the word develops quietly yet powerfully until it is fully established by him at the final judgment (⇒ Mark 4:29); cf ⇒ Rev 14:15.

7 [32] The universality of the kingdom of God is indicated here; cf ⇒ Ezekiel 17:23; ⇒ 31:6; ⇒ Daniel 4:17-19.

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