Faith Phrases Q and A

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Mustard seed
Q. The mustard seed is not he smallest of all seeds nor is it the smallest of the seeds in Palestine. Similarly, the mustard bush is not he largest of bushes nor is it the largest of bushes in Palestine. So why would Jesus use these phrases, “smallest of seeds” and “largest of trees?”

A. It’s an illustration of potency. For a small thing to become large it must have great potential. Jesus is using the mustard seed, which is a well known part of the culture, to illustrate a facet of the Church. The Church begins small and potent, and grows large and actively shelters. It is interesting to note in this parable that it is not the fruit of this bush or its greens that proves its value, as in other parables or as in the Genesis creation accounts, but rather the sheer size of the bush.

World without end
Q. At the end of the Glory be we say “world without end,” how does this fit knowing that the world will pass away (Matthew 24:35)?

A. The world in this case is not the Earth or even the heavens but the Kingdom of God, Christ’s everlasting and all encompassing dominion. It is Christ’s authority, power and glory which have no boundary. Not even time can contain it since He created all things and came before or outside all things, including time.

Rose again
Q. In the creed, why do we say Jesus rose again when he died once for all and was resurrected once for all?

A. Death is poetically referred to as a sleep. From death Jesus rose as if from sleep, rising as one does every day of one’s life, therefore He rose again. One might also say He rose to life since one awakens to life each day that one is given. I wrote about the sleep of death once in the Catholic Answers forums and some misunderstood me to say that Jesus didn’t really die. No. This is NOT what I am saying and it is not what scripture or the Church teaches. Christ died – really and truly died – and Christ rose from the dead – really and truly resurrected. It is not wrong to refer to death as a sleep, Jesus did as much Himself (Luke 8:52-56 Mark 5:38-43 John 11:11-14). Scripture calls death a sleep more than forty times (Psalm 13:4).

Death as Sleep:

Deuteronomy 31:16

1 Kings 2:10

1 Kings 11:43

1 Kings 11:21

1 Kings 14:20

1 Kings 14:31

1 Kings 15:8

1 Kings 15:24

1 Kings 16:6

1 Kings 16:28

1 Kings 22:40

2 Kings 8:24

2 Kings 10:35

2 Kings 13:9

2 Kings 13:13

2 Kings 14:16

2 Kings 14:22

2 Kings 14:29

2 Kings 15:7

2 Kings 15:22

2 Kings 15:38

2 Kings 16:20

2 Kings 20:21

2 Kings 21:18

Job 7:21

Job 14:12

Psalm 13:4

Luke 8:52-56

Mark 5:38-43

John 11:11-14

Acts 7:59-60

Acts 13:36

1 Corinthians 15:6

1 Corinthians 15:18

1 Corinthians 15:20

2 Chronicles 9:31

2 Chronicles 12:16

2 Chronicles 14:1

2 Chronicles 16:13

2 Chronicles 21:1

2 Chronicles 26:2

2 Chronicles 26:23

2 Chronicles 27:9

2 Chronicles 28:27

2 Chronicles 32:33

2 Peter 3:4

Image of Mustard Tree Borrowed form another blog

Matthew 24:35
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35Heaven and earth shall pass, but my words shall not pass.
Luke 8:52-56
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52And all wept and mourned for her. But he said: Weep not; the maid is not dead, but sleepeth.
53And they laughed him to scorn, knowing that she was dead.
54But he taking her by the hand, cried out, saying: Maid, arise.
55And her spirit returned, and she arose immediately. And he bid them give her to eat.
56And her parents were astonished, whom he charged to tell no man what was done.
Mark 5:38-43
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38And they come to the house of the ruler of the synagogue; and he seeth a tumult, and people weeping and wailing much.
39And going in, he saith to them: Why make you this ado, and weep? the damsel is not dead, but sleepeth.
40And they laughed him to scorn. But he having put them all out, taketh the father and the mother of the damsel, and them that were with him, and entereth in where the damsel was lying.
41And taking the damsel by the hand, he saith to her: Talitha cumi, which is, being interpreted: Damsel (I say to thee) arise.
42And immediately the damsel rose up, and walked: and she was twelve years old: and they were astonished with a great astonishment.
43And he charged them strictly that no man should know it: and commanded that something should be given her to eat.
John 11:11-14
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11These things he said; and after that he said to them: Lazarus our friend sleepeth; but I go that I may awake him out of sleep.
12His disciples therefore said: Lord, if he sleep, he shall do well.
13But Jesus spoke of his death; and they thought that he spoke of the repose of sleep.
14Then therefore Jesus said to them plainly: Lazarus is dead.
Psalm 13:4
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4Consider, and hear me, O Lord my God. Enlighten my eyes that I never sleep in death:
Deuteronomy 31:16
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16And the Lord said to Moses: Behold thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, and this people rising up will go a fornicating after strange gods in the land, to which it goeth in to dwell: there will they forsake me, and will make void the covenant, which I have made with them,
1 Kings 2:10
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10So David slept with his fathers, and was buried in the city of David.
1 Kings 11:43
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43And Solomon slept with his fathers, and was buried in the city of David his father, and Roboam his son reigned in his stead.
1 Kings 11:21
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21And when Adad heard in Egypt that David slept with his fathers, and that Joab the general of the army was dead, he said to Pharao: Let me depart, that I may go to my own country.
1 Kings 14:20
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20And the days that Jeroboam reigned, were two and twenty years: and he slept with his fathers: and Nadab his son reigned in his stead.
1 Kings 14:31
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31And Roboam slept with his fathers, and was buried with them in the city of David: and his mother's name was Naama an Ammonitess: and Abiam his son reigned in his stead.
1 Kings 15:8
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8And Abiam slept with his fathers, and they buried him in the city of David, and Asa his son reigned in his stead.
1 Kings 15:24
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24And he slept with his fathers, and was buried with them in the city of David his father. And Josaphat his son reigned in his place.
1 Kings 16:6
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6So Baasa slept with his fathers, and was buried in Thersa: and Ela his son reigned in his stead.
1 Kings 16:28
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28And Amri slept with his fathers, and was buried in Samaria, and Achab his son reigned in his stead.
1 Kings 22:40
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40So Achab slept with his fathers, and Ochozias his son reigned in his stead.
2 Kings 8:24
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24And Joram slept with his fathers, and was buried with them in the city of David, and Ochozias his son reigned in Iris stead.
2 Kings 10:35
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35And Jehu slept with his fathers, and they buried him in Samaria: and Joachaz his son reigned in his stead.
2 Kings 13:9
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9And Joachaz slept with his fathers, and they buried him in Samaria: and Joas his son reigned in his stead.
2 Kings 13:13
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13And Joas slept with his fathers: and Jeroboam sat upon his throne. But Joas was buried in Samaria with the kings of Israel.
2 Kings 14:16
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16And Joas slept with his fathers, and was buried in Samaria, with the kings of Israel: and Jeroboam his son reigned in his stead.
2 Kings 14:22
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22He built Elath, and restored it to Juda, after that the king slept with his fathers.
2 Kings 14:29
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29And Jeroboam slept with his fathers the kings of Israel, and Zacharias his son reigned in his stead.
2 Kings 15:7
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7And Azarias slept with his fathers: and they buried him with his ancestors in the city of David, and Joatham his son reigned in his stead.
2 Kings 15:22
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22And Manahem slept with his fathers: and Phaceia his son reigned in his stead.
2 Kings 15:38
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38And Joatham slept with his fathers, and was buried with them in the city of David his father, and Achaz his son reigned in his stead.
2 Kings 16:20
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20And Achaz slept with his fathers, and was buried with them in the city of David, and Ezechias his son reigned in his stead.
2 Kings 20:21
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21And Ezechias slept with his fathers, and Manasses his son reigned in his stead.
2 Kings 21:18
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18And Manasses slept with his fathers, and was buried in the garden of his own house, in the garden of Oza: and Amen his son reigned in his stead.
Job 7:21
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21Why dost thou not remove my sin, and why dost thou not take away my iniquity? Behold now I shall sleep in the dust: and if thou seek me in the morning, I shall not be.
Job 14:12
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12So man when he is fallen asleep shall not rise again; till the heavens be broken, he shall not awake, nor rise up out of his sleep.
Psalm 13:4
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4Consider, and hear me, O Lord my God. Enlighten my eyes that I never sleep in death:
Luke 8:52-56
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52And all wept and mourned for her. But he said: Weep not; the maid is not dead, but sleepeth.
53And they laughed him to scorn, knowing that she was dead.
54But he taking her by the hand, cried out, saying: Maid, arise.
55And her spirit returned, and she arose immediately. And he bid them give her to eat.
56And her parents were astonished, whom he charged to tell no man what was done.
Mark 5:38-43
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38And they come to the house of the ruler of the synagogue; and he seeth a tumult, and people weeping and wailing much.
39And going in, he saith to them: Why make you this ado, and weep? the damsel is not dead, but sleepeth.
40And they laughed him to scorn. But he having put them all out, taketh the father and the mother of the damsel, and them that were with him, and entereth in where the damsel was lying.
41And taking the damsel by the hand, he saith to her: Talitha cumi, which is, being interpreted: Damsel (I say to thee) arise.
42And immediately the damsel rose up, and walked: and she was twelve years old: and they were astonished with a great astonishment.
43And he charged them strictly that no man should know it: and commanded that something should be given her to eat.
John 11:11-14
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11These things he said; and after that he said to them: Lazarus our friend sleepeth; but I go that I may awake him out of sleep.
12His disciples therefore said: Lord, if he sleep, he shall do well.
13But Jesus spoke of his death; and they thought that he spoke of the repose of sleep.
14Then therefore Jesus said to them plainly: Lazarus is dead.
Acts 7:59-60
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59And falling on his knees, he cried with a loud voice, saying: Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep in the Lord. And Saul was consenting to his death.
Acts 13:36
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36For David, when he had served in his generation, according to the will of God, slept: and was laid unto his fathers, and saw corruption.
1 Corinthians 15:6
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6Then he was seen by more than five hundred brethren at once: of whom many remain until this present, and some are fallen asleep.
1 Corinthians 15:18
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18Then they also that are fallen asleep in Christ, are perished.
1 Corinthians 15:20
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20But now Christ is risen from the dead, the firstfruits of them that sleep:
2 Chronicles 9:31
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31And he slept with his fathers: and they buried him in the city of David: and Roboam his son reigned in his stead.
2 Chronicles 12:16
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16And Roboam slept with his fathers, and was buried in the city of David. And Abia his son reigned in his stead.
2 Chronicles 14:1
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1And Abia slept with his fathers, and they buried him in the city of David: and Asa his son reigned in his stead: in his days the land was quiet ten years.
2 Chronicles 16:13
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13And he slept with his fathers: and he died in the one and fortieth year of his reign.
2 Chronicles 21:1
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1And Josaphat slept with his fathers, and was buried with them in the city of David: and Joram his son reigned in his stead.
2 Chronicles 26:2
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2He built Ailath, and restored it to the dominion of Juda, after that the king slept with his fathers.
2 Chronicles 26:23
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23And Ozias slept with his fathers, and they buried him in the field of the royal sepulchres, because he was a leper: and Joatham his son reigned in his stead.
2 Chronicles 27:9
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9And Joatham slept with his fathers, and they buried him in the city of David: and Achaz his son reigned in his stead.
2 Chronicles 28:27
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27And Achaz slept with his fathers, and they buried him in the city of Jerusalem: for they received him not into the sepulchres of the kings of Israel. And Ezechias his son reigned in his stead.
2 Chronicles 32:33
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33And Ezechias slept with his fathers, and they buried him above the sepulchres of the sons of David: and all Juda, and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem celebrated his funeral: and Manasses his son reigned in his stead.
2 Peter 3:4
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4Saying: Where is his promise or his coming? for since the time that the fathers slept, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.

One Response to “Faith Phrases Q and A”

  1. Dr. Cristy says:

    Great teaching on the mustard seed. Thanks for visiting my blog! Most of the pics I use in my blogs are in the public domain. That one of the mustard tree / bush is one of my favorites. It always makes me want to take a walk in the cool air of a spring morning. Blessings to you and may you continue to declare truth as you’ve done in this post!

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