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Reflection by Laurann Donahue

Today's Gospel: Luke 13:18-21


Here is one of those Gospel passages where Jesus tells two parables to help His audience picture the “Kingdom of God”. What does He compare it to? A mustard seed and yeast? Really? A mustard seed is one of the smallest seeds, but grows into a large bush. Here Jesus wants us to know that the Kingdom started tiny--maybe we can think of Adam and Eve--but has grown to include the nearly infinite number of souls. The Kingdom has grown and is not only blooming, but full of life (the birds in the parable).

What a vibrant picture of the promised life! But He doesn’t stop there. Jesus then compares the Kingdom to yeast. What? Yeast is tiny but all pervasive. It gets mixed in with the flour to make bread. With just the right conditions, food, warmth, etc., it causes the bread dough to grow more than double its original size. Given the right conditions, if we give our hearts, minds, souls, strength etc. to God, the Kingdom will grow exponentially. Both parables give us a joyful, hopeful, wonderful picture of the Kingdom of God.



How do I picture the Kingdom of God?



Dear Lord, thank You for the wonderful parables about Your Kingdom. May I picture it hopefully and lovingly until I see it for myself. Amen.

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