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dc.contributor.authorWirth, Eileenen_US
dc.identifier.otherLectionary number: 480en_US
dc.description.abstractWhat is the Kingdom of God like? To what can I compare it? It is like a mustard seed that a man took and planted in the garden. When it was fully grown, it became a large bush and the birds of the sky dwelt in its branches."|Luke     |Yesterday the Omaha media told the story of efforts to fund a bronze statue at the county courthouse of our city's "broom man." Huh? He was a blind African-American minister who walked the streets of downtown selling brooms until he died in his 90's. He was widely admired for his dignity, courage and kindness.|Just like the man in today's Gospel who planted a mustard seed that grew into a tree, our "broom man" built the Kingdom daily through inspiring countless strangers.|Most of us don't wake up thinking, "I'm going to do something today to build God's Kingdom. Heck, we're more likely to go through our "to do" lists, hoping we don't blow too many things. However all of us have the opportunity to help build the Kingdom even when we aren't consciously doing so. Ironically the people who do it best are often least aware of the seeds they are planting.|I think of Creighton's beloved cafeteria employee who greeted generations of students with a warm smile and "Hey baby" as they headed for lunch. How many days did she brighten? Are some students kinder to clerks, janitors and restaurant servers because of her? I hope so.  Talk about planting seeds!!!!!!|Who planted a "mustard seed" that grew into something wonderful in your life? Did a supervisor encourage you to pursue a tough goal? Did a teacher or parent guide you onto a path you wouldn't otherwise have taken? What can this teach you about becoming a "mustard seed" for someone else?|I'll bet that our "broom man" is in heaven stunned about the impact of the mustard seeds he planted. On a site where you expect to see statues of generals or politicians, we will honor a humble man of God. Think of him next time you're discouraged then return to your version of selling brooms to build the Kingdom. Who knows what might happen?en_US
dc.publisherUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.rightsThese reflections may not be sold or used commercially without permission. Personal or parish use is permitted.en_US
dc.titleReflection for Tuesday, October 25, 2016: 30th Week in Ordinary Time.en_US
dc.rights.holderUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraska, United Statesen_US
dc.program.unitCollege of Arts and Sciencesen_US
dc.program.unitJournalism, Media and Computingen_US
dc.contributor.cuauthorWirth, Eileen M.en_US Timeen_US 30en_US
dc.subject.local1Ephesians 5:21-33 (or, in U.S., Eph 5:2a, 25-32, See Vol 1 [122])en_US
dc.subject.local2Psalms 128:1-2, 3, 4-5en_US
dc.subject.local4Luke 13:18-21en_US
dc.title.seriesDaily Reflections (Meditations) on the Scriptures from the Roman Catholic Lectionary.en_US IIen_US

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