Daily Gospel Reflection for July 30, 2018

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Today’s Gospel: Matthew 13:31-35

We hear these two parables so often together in this Gospel. Christ’s storytelling and metaphors embrace many layers and always welcome us to explore them more deeply.

Both a mustard seed and yeast are tiny sources of greater size; and the Kingdom of Heaven only needs a tiny opening to grow into a great tree or leaven a whole loaf. But what does that growing and leavening require?

The mustard seed requires human intervention, followed by a certain amount of cultivation; then patience, as the process of growth must be consistent through seasons and months until the seed has become a tree. The leaven requires an intensive, human-initiated kneading process, as the dough is pushed and pummelled and manipulated and left to rise, and shaped, and left to rise again. It is also time-consuming (as anyone who makes their own bread can attest.)

Our faith, perhaps given to us by our parents, perhaps encouraged by a friend, perhaps gained in encounters as an adult, is almost always planted in our hearts by someone else (whether a long-dead theologian or a living companion.) And then the growing and shaping and suffering begin; and in time, we find the Kingdom of Heaven growing a little larger.

Ponder:

What human intervention was involved in the beginning seeds and leaven of my faith? Who do I owe gratitude and prayers to for helping to plant the seed or mix the leaven?

Pray:

My King, You know how to cultivate the Kingdom of Heaven within me. Help me to allow You to work in my heart, so that I may bring Your Kingdom into my home and family.


Copyright 2018 Rebecca Willen

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Rebecca is an alumna of Christendom College and works as an Associate Editor at Our Sunday Visitor. She is a nerdy Catholic, book addict, Shakespeare fangirl, amateur baker, and musician. Follow @NerdCornerBooks on Instagram for book recommendations!

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