Reflection by Sharon Wilson
Today’s Gospel: Luke 13:18-21
I love baking bread. There is something magical about it. You take such simple things — like four, yeast and water — and they turn into something wonderful.
When looking through our church cookbook, I came across one of the most beautiful stories that illustrates this second parable of today’s gospel. The dedication in the cookbook includes a story from Father Kevin Finnegan. It goes:
My mother, Evie, took delight in having a day off from work so she could dote on her children and bake bread! Several loaves would be gone within minutes of getting home from school. Several months after my mom died on May 22nd, 1983, my family came to a deeper appreciation of mom, the bread baker. My sister was looking in the freezer for something to cook for dinner when she came across a loaf of her bread. She brought it into the kitchen, and one by one she was joined by my father, my brother and me. We placed the bread on a cutting board and practically watched it defrost. Then we shared it among us, recalling with great affection the devotion which our mother loved and served her family.
“Again he said, ‘To what shall I compare the kingdom of God? It is like yeast that a woman took and mixed [in]with three measures of wheat flour until the whole batch of dough was leavened.'”
We are all leaven for each other. What are some ways you can be leaven to those around you?
Lord, help me to be the leaven of faith to others.
Copyright 2019 Sharon Wilson
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