Grandma’s Stew. Commentary on Marriage: Luke 13, 18-21

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The grain grew and became a tree.

Reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke 13:18-21

Then Jesus asked:

“What is the kingdom of God like? What shall I compare it to? It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his garden. It grew and became a tree, and the birds perched in its branches.”

Again he asked, “What shall I compare the kingdom of God to? It is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into about sixty pounds of flour until it worked all through the dough.”

The Gospel of the Lord.

Grandma’s Stew

God gives us the grace to become saints. On one hand, there is permanent grace, and in times when we especially need it, there is actual grace. Let’s say there is a supernatural virtue that drives any natural virtue we acquire.

Therefore, we have no excuse not to reach holiness.

However, impatience has no place here. Holiness is a slow process that is achieved through a deep union with God and our continuous efforts. Through these efforts, we accumulate the necessary merits and receive God’s reward, allowing us to advance to the next level in love.

We are like a good stew cooked slowly by the Holy Spirit, absorbing all the flavors of the supernatural ingredients that God instills in us through the merits of the Blood of Christ.

Applied to married life:

Nacho: I love it because when I look back, I see the wonderful action of God in you. There has truly been a transformation. You used to be very materialistic, but you have changed. You used to be critical, but now you are merciful. You used to be fearful, but now I see you filled with confidence in God. Your religious practice used to be superficial, but now you are in love with the Lord. You used to walk your own path and only demanded what you needed from me, but now you truly love me and strive to surrender yourself to me and build communion with me. And many more things like that.

María: And you, you were very superficial before, but now you have become so much deeper. You had a bad temper before, but now you are much more gentle. You used to be more selfish, but now you dedicate yourself more to others. You used to approach our sexual relationship for pleasure, but now you are so tender and cherish the sacredness of our marital union. And many more things like that.

Nacho: All by the work of the Almighty.

María: These are the wonders of the Lord’s mighty hand.


Blessed is the seed that God has planted in us, allowing us to become one with each other and with God. Praise Him forever.

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