Reading: Matthew 13: 31-33
Verses 31 and 33: The kingdom of God is like a mustard seed… like yeast.
Our two parables today are seemingly about something small – a tiny mustard seed and some yeast. These two parables follow two others. One is about the receptivity and sticking power of a seed of faith and the other about the weeds of sin that can grow in people’s lives. Taken in the context of the today’s parables, the previous two are all about the planting of a small seed as well.
Just as the tiny mustard seed becomes a large tree that gives shelter and rest to many, the tiny yeast works its way through the whole batch of dough, causing it all to rise. These are like the good seeds planted in the good soil that produce a crop 100, 60, or 30 times what was sown. Satan’s “bad” seeds also work the same way – producing a crop that must be bundled at harvest time.
This brings us to two questions. First, how are we planting seeds or being yeast? Second, what kinds of seed or yeast are we planting or mixing in? Like the sower and the baker, we are called to work in and through all areas of our lives – at work, at home, at church, on the ball field, in the restaurant… – and with all we meet all the time. Like the mustard seed, we are called to offer even the smallest of kind words or the simplest act of kindness, trusting that God can do a mighty work through any act of love or kindness or grace or mercy or … that we can offer. How? Any place, any size, any time.
Hopefully we are choosing to sow good seeds and to act as good yeast. In our simple and small acts and words we want others to see Jesus. If we are all-in, 24/7 Christians then we are like the yeast – permeating all aspects of our own lives with our faith as well as permeating the lives of those we cross paths with each day. What kind? The kind that speaks love. The kind that Jesus spoke.
The small seeds and the simple leavening yeast bear witness to the love of Jesus Christ in us and to the love He wants to share with the whole world. May we be good gardeners and bakers today.