He put before them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field; it is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.”
He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of flour until all of it was leavened.” Jesus told the crowds all these things in parables; without a parable he told them nothing. This was to fulfill what had been spoken through the prophet: “I will open my mouth to speak in parables; I will proclaim what has been hidden from the foundation of the world.”
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In the gospel story today we hear the parable of the Kingdom of Heaven being compared to a mustard seed. It is the smallest of seeds that results in a large bush for the birds to dwell. We also hear about the yeast mixing with flour. Having the faith of a mustard seed reminds me of the lyrics by Leonard Cohen in his song Anthem: “There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.” God only needs a little faith, a little yeast, a little crack or a little opening to get in and open our hearts wide.
When is the last time you invited Jesus to grow your faith into a bush or noticed the light shining through your cracks and wounds? Today, I invite you to take a moment to reflect and notice how God is using your little bit of faith or your small or large cracks to show you how much you are loved. But don’t stop there. How is God calling you, then, to channel the love of Christ to the world?
—Amy Hoover, spiritual director and a frequent spiritual writer, is Director of the Creighton University Retreat Center, located in Griswold, IA.
Good and gracious God. I thank you this day for your many gifts and graces. Help me notice and savor how you love me, and help me to be attentive this day to the many ways you invite me to bring your love into the world. All for the greater glory of your Kingdom. I ask this through your son, Jesus and with the power and guidance of the Holy Spirit. Amen.