I'm pleased to see that I didn't have to register ahead of time to go to Church. I saw people put on masks as they were going into Church. I went up to the woman, a saint really, who is very involved w/ Church affairs and asked her if we are all required to put a mask on. She said if you are vaccinated (I have been since January) you don't have to. So, not only didn't have to register beforehand, but also didn't have to wear a mask.
I smiled when the woman leading the music said, "you know what else is back in Church? Singing, so please do so!," then she said something I remember hearing as a child, she said, "remember, those who sing at Church are praying twice."
(For those who don't go to Church but are strong Christians, this post is not supposed to come across as "holier than thou," Those Christians not going to Church are the fastest growing Christian group there is so you have the numbers to back up your POV)
My post really is about the Gospel. Today, we heard from the Gospel according to Mark and was the parable about the mustard seed. Something puzzles me. We all understand Jesus' point about the mustard seed being very small. But in the Gospel, Jesus states, the mustard becomes the "largest plant" and "birds can dwell in its shade."
Do you think that the original translation of this Gospel could refer to a plant other than mustard? For those who can read Gospel in its original Greek, I'd love to know. I actually grew up taking mustard plants out of crop fields as a farmer. The mustard plant is only 3 ft high at its largest. It sounds like the plant Jesus was referring to was larger than 3 ft. We can think of plants, like thistles that grow taller than 3 ft.
Now, I just realized a mistake I made. I thought Jesus said that birds PERCH on a mustard branch (& I had a hard time understanding that, b/c that's very difficult for it to happen), but he doesn't say that at all. He simply states that birds can use the mustard plant for shade which from my experience they could do.
What is remarkable about the mustard seed and what worried my father and I was how the mustard plant could spread. You could have 1 mustard seed grow to a plant and it's flowers could distribute more seed onto a field where many more mustard plants could grow and choke out the crops that we use to farm with and which help us make money. Isn't that another lesson, that 1 seed, 1 person can make a big difference and yield much over time?
I still am very curious if possibly Jesus was referring to a plant other than mustard in the original Greek version of the Gospel.
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My fiancé, whom I live with, is a doctor. We are both well known in the community we live in. He is going through a manic phase and is currently in a bar downtown dancing his ass off, balancing a beer cup on his head. I'm tired. I want to go home. I'm sitting in the car waiting for him to come out. He can't drive home. He knows I'm out here and doesn't care, I'd say. He will stay up all night,...