Seventeeth Week in Ordinary Time

Jesus compared the Kingdom of heaven to a tiny mustard seed that becomes a huge plant, a little yeast that leavens a whole batch of dough, or one treasure worth selling all else to obtain it. At the end of time, Jesus said, angels will separate heavenbound people from the others, like harvesters separating wheat from weeds that had grown in the same field, or like fishermen sorting good fish from bad after hauling in their catch. In Nazareth, people took offense when Jesus, son of the local carpenter and Mary, taught in their synagogue. (Who did He think he was?!) He hardly performed any miracles in His hometown because He found so little faith there. When God doesn’t answer a prayer in the way we hoped, do we still treasure the faith we have and the price Jesus paid for our salvation?