Jesus continued speaking, «What is the kingdom of God like? What shall I compare it to? Imagine a person who has taken a mustard seed and planted it in the garden. The seed has grown and become like a small tree, so that the birds of the air shelter in its branches». And Jesus said again, «What is the kingdom of God like? Imagine a woman who has taken yeast and hidden it in three measures of flour until it is all leavened».
How do I understand the gospel of the day and how will I apply it in my life? First of all, I believe that my life is totally rooted in divine love and through my daily life I make it visible to others, so that they can discover in me this God who loves them. In this way, my life is not only a response to divine love (love received) and it becomes by itself, a sign for others, (a love that gives itself, a light that shines for others, by its own nature.
For this, we do not need a great grace and blessing, but a simple recognition of the divine presence within us, like a mustard seed or leaven. This divine presence which enriches me with the divine love, transforms me and through me it transforms the whole world.
If our life becomes a response to this divine love, revealed in the death and resurrection of Christ, we can already feel God's Kingdom among us and within us. It is here that we understand that every individual is a member of our own body, who need our personal attention, without any partially. Submission to one another, with due respect and freedom, is already an act of love.
Action of the day: Today be a day of love for God.
«What is the kingdom of God like?»
+ Fr. Francisco Lucas MATEO Seco
(Pamplona, Navarra, Spain)
Today, the liturgical texts, through these two parables, place before our eyes one of the characteristics of the Kingdom of God: it is something that flourishes slowly —as a mustard seed— but, eventually, grows to offer shelter to the birds in its trees. Tertulian said it like this: «We come from yesterday and we fill everything». With this parable, Our Lord encourages us to patience, fortitude and hope. These virtues are especially necessary for those who devote themselves to propagate the Kingdom of God. We must be patient, and with God's grace and human cooperation, wait for the planted seed to grow while profoundly embedding its roots in the good soil to gradually become a tree. In the first place, we need to have faith in the virtuality —fecundity— contained in the seed of the Kingdom of God. This seed is the Word; it is also the Eucharist that is planted in us through Communion. Our Lord Jesus Christ compared himself to «a kernel of wheat that falls to the ground and dies (…). But if it dies, it produces many seeds» (Jn 12:24).
The Kingdom of God, our Lord goes on, is similar to «the yeast a woman has taken and hidden in three measures of flour until it is all leavened» (Lk 13:21). Here also the yeast capacity to leaven all the dough is mentioned. This is what happens with “the rest of Israel” which the Old Testament mentions: the rest will have to save and leaven all the people. Continuing on with the parable, we only need the yeast inside the dough, getting to the people, to be like salt that preserves from corruption and makes all food to taste (cf. Mt 5:13). Time is also of essence so that it can carry out with its function by and by.
Parables encouraging patience and the hopeful certainty; parables referring to the Kingdom of God and to the Church, and that are also applied to the growth of this same Kingdom in each of us.