He said therefore, “What is the kingdom of God like? And to what should I compare it? It is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in the garden; it grew and became a tree, and the birds of the air made nests in its branches.” And again he said, “To what should I compare the kingdom of God? It is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of flour until all of it was leavened.”
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As the smallest seed, the mustard seed appears to be insignificant. Yet, Jesus tells us that it’s precisely this small seed that becomes a large bush. It is audacious, breaking the mold and making possible what appears to be impossible.
We too are to be like the mustard seed, patiently yet persistently nourishing our faith in the God of life and our commitment to bringing about the kingdom of God, being audacious in breaking out of the confines of the status quo, of the walls that separate us from each other. We are invited to place our faith and our hope in the smallest of seeds, trusting that with God we can reap abundant harvests, that we can collaborate with God in God’s liberating and redeeming mission.
How is God calling us to place our trust in what is seemingly impossible and to be bold in realizing the kingdom of God?
—Matt Ippel, SJ, is a Jesuit scholastic in the Midwest Province studying philosophy at the Universidad Antonio Ruiz de Montoya in Lima, Peru.
Lord Jesus, help us to be bold in our work to bring about your kingdom. As the tiny mustard seed becomes a large bush, so too may our actions be magnified in your service. Strengthen the seeds of our faith that we may grow ever closer to you. Amen
—The Jesuit Prayer team