The parables of the mustard seed and of the yeast remind us that small things count.


Central to the gospels is Jesus’ proclamation of the Kingdom of God. Jesus’ primary mission to His people was to offer them a possibility of salvation, which, for the most part, He expressed to them by the term, Kingdom
of God. Jesus also saw the appearance of the Kingdom of God as manifested in His exorcisms and healings.How does God’s kingdom come, and how is His will done? Jesus tells us in today’s Gospel that the wheat flour is permeated by the crushed and broken yeast spread throughout the whole batch. That’s how His kingdom comes. Our faith must permeate the whole batch of our lives, not just compartments of our life here and there. Our Christianity must be alive and continuously operating at home, at work, in the grocery store, and in the most thorny, complicated areas of life.
The Lord sends us daily opportunities to be salt, light, and yeast in the world. Let Jesus take control of your life. Then let other people in, to see what God can do when you allow Him to take those crushing blows of life and turn them to good. Jesus “kneads” us because he “needs” us to be His living witnesses in the world now.

Jesus compares the Kingdom of God to a mustard seed, or to what happens to a mustard seed. The mustard plant begins as inconspicuous, the smallest of all seeds, but becomes conspicuous, a large tree. The emphasis of the parable is on the contrast between beginning and end. The depiction of the mustard plant as tree, large enough to support birds in its branches, is a metaphor of the Kingdom of God as offering protection to those within it. Jesus’ point is that the Kingdom of God is an historical process, beginning inconspicuously, but leading to conspicuous results.

Here in Uganda, the young people have a slogan that “Big is big”. In saying this, they intend to mean that our origin justifies our future. This is not so with the Kingdom of God!
At first, the Kingdom of God appears to be small while our culture of death is mammoth. Furthermore, the kingdom of God often seems slow in developing. It seems as if it takes forever to make even a little progress. This could be very discouraging. However, a tiny mustard seed will eventually grow to become “a large shrub”, and yeast will slowly, imperceptibly, yet effectively cause a mass of dough to rise.

Jesus promises to do what we think impossible. In our weakness, His power will reach perfection. He makes “all things work together for the good of those who love” Him. If we believe in Jesus, we will do greater works than He did. Jesus will do more than we ever “ask or imagine”. “Eye has not seen, ear has not heard, nor has it so much as dawned on man what God has prepared for those who love Him”. The small, slow people of God’s kingdom will be the conquerors of the world and even more than conquerors. Praise Jesus!

The parables of the mustard seed and of the yeast remind us that small things count. Each of us have been drawn to the Kingdom of God through myriad small things – whether they be kindnesses, words of encouragement, good examples, or even bad examples, which somehow have all been coordinated to show us something about the divine life. Yes, even our families may be doing this, as wacky and imperfect as they may be. So let us not neglect those small things. Let us pause and give thanks, and remember the power of God’s love that finds us and enriches us in mysterious ways. Let us be grateful for the mystery that is bigger than ourselves and better than we could ever imagine.

 
 
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