From the Headmaster
The week before last the gospel was the Parable of the Sower, where he casts seeds onto the path, some on rocky ground, some amongst the thorns and some on good soil. The seeds that land on the good soil bears fruit a hundredfold. This is one of the few parables that Jesus actually explains, he says that the seeds represent the word of God. It compares how we may hear the word but neglect it like the seeds that fall on the rocky ground and those represented by the good soil are the ones who hear the word of God and hold fast to it with an honest and good heart.
Dear Parents, Students and Friends,
This week we heard the Parable of the Mustard Seed. The tiniest seed grows up to become a tree and the birds of the air nest in its branches. Jesus uses the mustard seed as a comparison for the Kingdom of God.
Our second parable this weekend was the Parable of the Yeast. Jesus again compares the Kingdom of God with the yeast . A small amount of yeast is mixed with the flour to leaven the whole batch. The yeast makes the dough rise. There is a great impact on our lives with such a small message as the Kingdom of God.
My Parish priest described parables as poems in which the mysteries of the Kingdom of God are revealed. He also described Jesus as God’s poem.
Jesus uses these well known images of a sower, seed, yeast and a mustard seed because these are all things that would have been well understood by the people of his time. They are images from their world.
Archbishop Fisher tells it this way: ‘Jesus' parables tell of the mysteries of God, the world and of ourselves, that we will never fully plumb, but which speak directly to our souls and are worthy of our pondering alone and in the company of the Church. They invite us into relationship with our fellow Christians, with the tradition which is all those who have asked the questions all the way back to the apostles, and with Christ the storyteller, Christ the teacher, Christ the parable of God. "Look around you", He says to us this morning, "where you are standing there is rocky ground, there are thorns, but there is also good soil for the word of God. Which will you be?"’
The Kingdom of God is really God’s action in our lives. It is our experience of Jesus' message and of the Word of God revealed in the Gospels.Tony Duncan