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.”
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
Some may think that the Kingdom of God is a thing, a geographical domain like the worldly kingdoms we are familiar with. But in the Gospel reading today, Jesus suggests that the Kingdom of God is on a path. When the yeast is mixed with flour, it is on its way and develops the bread. Likewise, the seed dies and gives life to a tree. Therefore, the Kingdom of God is not stagnant, but it is built each day.
What is the attitude that the Lord asks us to have so that the Kingdom of God may grow and be bread for everyone and shelter for all? Perhaps Jesus is asking us to be open to the action of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Let us ask for the grace of being docile to the Holy Spirit who will make us grow and transform as we walk on a path towards holiness and fullness.
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful.
And kindle in them the fire of your love.
Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created.
And you will renew the face of the earth.
by the light of the Holy Spirit
you have taught the hearts of your faithful.
In the same Spirit
help us to relish what is right
and always rejoice in your consolation.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
—Prayer to the Holy Spirit