Jesus the Storyteller

 
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Monday of week 17 in Ordinary Time, based on Matthew 13:31-35

Jesus proposed a parable to the crowds: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that a person took and sowed in a field. It is the smallest of all the seeds, yet when full-grown it is the largest of plants. It becomes a large bush, and the ‘birds of the sky come and dwell in its branches.’” He spoke to them another parable. “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed with three measures of wheat flour until the whole batch was leavened.” All these things Jesus spoke to the crowds in parables. He spoke to them only in parables, to fulfill what had been said through the prophet: “I will open my mouth in parables, I will announce what has lain hidden from the foundation [of the world].”


Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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About Katy Beedle Rice

Katy Beedle Rice is a catechist and writer who lives with her husband and three children in Boise, ID. She is a formation leader for the National Association of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, training catechists who work with children ages three through six. She writes for Celebration Publications, a division of the National Catholic Reporter Publishing Company, and blogs about ministry and motherhood at http://blessedbrokenshared.blogspot.com/.

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