The Seed and the Mustard Seed Parables


Mark 4:26-34


From the Navarre Bible commentary,

We know that “The parables of the seed

And the mustard seed…are based on the

Idea of growth; that of the seed speaks of

The Kingdom’s…gradual development;

That of the mustard seed…” tremendous growth.


I had to plant corn.  The garden in the

North side yard was eighty feet by six feet.

It had to be roto tilled, horse manured,

Roto-tilled again, and then raked smoothly.


Two eighty-foot rows two feet apart down

The length or thirty-nine rows two feet a-

Part across the width?  I decided to go

With two eighty-foot rows down the length.

Patrick McCaskey


Patrick McCaskey is a Vice President and Director of the Chicago Bears, Chair of Sports Faith International, and Chair of WSFI Catholic Radio 88.5, as well as poet and the author of our Sports and Faith Series. He is also a grandson of George “Papa Bear” Halas. Surprising, inspiring, and all very human, Patrick McCaskey’s Poems About the Gospel and Poems About the Gospel II are books for all seasons where readers can find a few words of encouragement in every poem. Poems About the Gospel is available from Sporting Chance PressAmazon and select bookstores like the Little Way in Crystal Lake. Poems About the Gospel II is exclusively available from Amazon.

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