– Tuesday of the 30th Week in Ordinary Time –
“What is the kingdom of God like? And to what shall I compare it?” (Luke 13:18)
The gospel today reminds us that God has something big in mind.
The image of the mustard tree is one that calls to mind something that is growing and expanding. The book of Matthew tells us that the mustard tree is the largest of all trees and in Luke today, we read how it grows so strong and healthy that “the birds of the air made nests in its branches”.
This is what the kingdom of God is like. It is something that is always growing, it stretches out branches that are strong and safe and feel like home. Imagine the people we could become and what our world would be like if we opened our hearts so that God could plant the seeds of his kingdom in us? Remember, God has something big in mind, but the really encouraging message of today’s gospel is that God simply asks that we make space for a seed. Just a seed.
Lord Jesus, I open my heart to you again today, come and plant your ‘kingdom seeds’ in me. I ask for the grace to let them take root so that your love can grow. Help me to stretch and use me so that others can find their home in your kingdom too. Amen.
by Chantale Wilson