He also said, “The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how. The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head. But when the grain is ripe, at once he goes in with his sickle, because the harvest has come.” He also said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.” With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it; he did not speak to them except in parables, but he explained everything in private to his disciples.
Food For Thought:
Jesus spoke in parables quite often. Parables were short stories told by Jesus and meant to illustrate a point about the kingdom of God. Some of Jesus’ most famous parables are the woman and the coin, the lost sheep (1) and the 99 that aren’t lost, and the parable of the mustard seed. Parables show us that the kingdom of God is much different than we humans imagine. It is the opposite of what we would expect. Think about the kingdom of God. What do you think that God envisions for God’s kingdom? How can we as Christians help usher in God’s reign here on earth?
to you belong the mysteries of the universe.
You transform shepherds into kings,
the smallest seeds into magnificent trees,
and hardened hearts into loving ones.
Bless us with your life-giving Spirit,
re-create us in your image,
and shape us to your purposes,
through Jesus Christ. Amen.
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