Tuesday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time
Romans 8:18-25, Psalm 126:1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 6, & Luke 13:18-21
Chapters Eleven through Thirteen of the Gospel of Saint Luke highlights the growing opposition to the person of Jesus. The charge of healing by the power of Beelzebub, non-observance of prescribed washing, the hypocrisy of the Pharisees are just some of the examples of the opposition encountered by our Lord and His disciples. Nonetheless, the reign of God, namely God's presence and working, continued to grow in the lives of the disciples.
In today's Gospel narrative, the two parables of the mustard seed and the yeast emphasize the increase in Jesus' disciples. The tiny mustard seed and a small lump of yeast produce impressive results: a shrub of considerable height and expansion of dough several times its original size. The Apostles themselves are sterling examples of modest beginnings. Jesus did not choose superstars as His first followers. In contemporary terms, they weren't class valedictorians or student council presidents in their midst. They were unimportant figures from modest areas of the known world.
There are several lessons to be learned from these parables. First, God often uses weak instruments, calling us never to overlook or count anyone out. Second, there is a period of transformation in these examples of the bushes' growth and dough rising. Too often, we wish the reign of God to be clear and immediate. Paul tells us in the first reading that we must faithfully wait with patience for what we cannot see, which is not always easy but undoubtedly beneficial.
Today's parables give us insight, even those of us who know little about agriculture or baking, into simple lessons. Through them, Jesus, the master storyteller, presents His message clearly and distinctly. Amen to that!
Question of the Day: How will you continue to follow Jesus regardless of the "opposition" to His teachings?
Prayer: "Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth; you have revealed o little ones the mysteries of the Kingdom."