Jerusalem, Notre Dame, 26th January 2007
What is common in today’s two parables?
Both are speaking about the Kingdom of Heaven and both are speaking about the progress.
The land yields fruit, first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. A mustard seed is the smallest. But once it is sown, it springs up and becomes the largest of plants.
I think in these parables we have one of the keys why the people leave the Church, God and faith.
The human being like progress. Yesterday I had 20 $ and today I have 40. So I see it works. It is a progress. My job yields a specific fruit. 6 years ago I knew two languages. Today I speak 4. So I see it works. My study is useful.
The people work when they see any progress.
If somebody has belived in God and after 10, 20, 40 years he doesn’t see any fruits he can say: It is senseless! It doesn’t work! Something is wrong! And he can stop to believe or to practice the faith.
Jesus says today: In the true Kingdom of God there is specific, real and visible progress.
If in my faith I don’t see any fruits surely there is not problem of the Gospel.