Jesus asks today: What is the kingdom of God like? And to what should I compare it? (he also asks the same thing in a different way: To what should I compare the kingdom of God?) And he answers by saying this Kingdom is like a mustard seed that grows into a tree in which birds take rest and make nests. He also answers his own question by saying this Kingdom is like yeast mixed into a large quantity of flour and then given time to leaven.
This Kingdom Jesus is describing takes time to grow, to germinate. Certainly there is an event that starts the Kingdom's growth: the sowing of the mustard seed, the mixing of the yeast with the flour. And then time and nurture allows this Kingdom to sprout up and do what it is meant to do.
These are such small events, the sowing of this tiny seed, the mixing of a small amount of yeast with flour, and yet this is what Jesus tells us the kingdom of God is like. What small act can we do today to aid in the creation of this Kingdom all around us?
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