Vocation Meditation - July 20
Jesus 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 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."
Any simple hearer could understand this teaching. Jesus chose parables that could illustrate them in their simplicity and altogether, in their loftiness. God's reign on earth is different from the reign of any human royalty. His dominion in the hearts of the poor and the open-hearted can start in the silent strength of faith, in the gentle submission to trust and surrender and in the humble caring of others in love. There were indications in Scriptures of this: His presence was not in the earthquake nor in mighty winds and turmoil but in the gentle breeze that confirmed the soul of His nearness. His littleness and simplicity of approach in our lives can usher in great things. They create possibilities that build, endure, fill our lives and subdue the earth. The Kingdom of God may come small yet grows! And how!
"Lord, may your Kingdom come!"
Do I develop the sensitivity to discover the little and gentle ways God chooses to reign in my heart?
For the full Gospel reading for this Sunday, visit the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops site.