Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Reflection: Luke 13:18-21

Tuesday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time - Luke 13:18-21

Today’s Gospel begins with Jesus teaching in the synagogue.  At one point he asks his listeners: “What is the Kingdom of God like?  To what can I compare it?”  Then Jesus describes the Kingdom of God by using different images. He tells the people: “The Kingdom of God is like a mustard seed that a man planted in the garden.  When the seed was fully grown, it had many branches and the birds would come and dwell in its branches.”
Jesus then gives them another example to describe the Kingdom of God.  He tells the people: “The Kingdom of God is like yeast that a woman took and mixed with wheat flour until the whole batch of dough was leavened.”   What was Jesus trying to say to his listeners?
Perhaps today Jesus is reminding us that we are called to be “leaven” in today’s world.  As Christians, we are called to share the love of Jesus with every person we meet.  The gift is there are many ways to be leaven in our world.  It may be by sharing a smile, offering to help someone with their grocery bags, being present to a family member who is struggling, or laughing with a friend who needs more joy in his or her life.
Today Jesus is telling us that the Kingdom of God is in our midst!  Today, will we build up the Kingdom of God or will we ignore it? Only we can decide!  

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