St Paul in the letter to the Romans states a painfully obvious truth – it is not easy to pray to God like we should. The Apostle recognizes that we are weak and need God’s intercessor, the Holy Spirit, to overcome our sinful nature.
The first reading, in contrast, shows us a God who is all powerful, all loving, and who can exercise that power in a way totally free; not controlled by what people think, expect or even deserve. The responsorial psalm poetically states that “Lord, you are good and forgiving, abounding in kindness to all who call upon you.”
Listen to today’s gospel as Jesus continues to teach in parables about the kingdom of God. Each parable draws on the familiar imagery of mustard seeds, of cooking, and of planting and harvesting to illustrate different aspects of the heavenly kingdom.