Thursday, November 8th
He said therefore,
‘What is the kingdom
of God like? And to
what should I
compare it? It is
like a mustard
seed that someone
took and sowed
in the garden;
it grew and became
a tree, and the
birds of the air
made nests in its
And again he said, ‘To what should I compare the kingdom of God?
of flour until all of it was leavened.’
made his way to Jerusalem. Someone asked him, ‘Lord, will only a few
be saved?’ He said to them, ‘Strive to enter through the narrow door;
for many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able. When once the
owner of the house has got up and shut the door, and you begin to stand
outside and to knock at the door, saying, “Lord, open to us”, then in reply
he will say to you, “I do not know where you come from.” Then you will
begin to say, “We ate and drank with you, and you taught in our streets.”
But he will say, “I do not know where you come from; go away from me,
all you evildoers!” There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth when
you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom
of God, and you yourselves thrown out. Then people will come from east
and west, from north and south, and will eat in the kingdom of God.
Indeed, some are last who will be first, and some are first who will
be last.’ Luke 13:18-30
The garden may be very small
covered with stubborn stones
isolated from the living streams
even hidden from good light.
The soil you have been given
may be drained of all nutrients
an ongoing weedy battleground
pollution at your doorstep.
Plant even the smallest seed
though you might count it lost
someday they will seek the shade
of the community's mightiest tree.
We begin with the smallest grain
the microscopic and tiniest hope
the increase will come with time
the touch of the divine heart.
Fear not the meager portion
nor the humblest of homes
our Creator abides within
if we will add the leaven.