Reflection on Matthew 13:31-35
One could argue that if Jesus was here now physically in our world using modern day parables there would not be the need for explanation. However, with a knowledge of farming and making bread, it still took me years to understand and begin to accept all that goes with the reality of being the yeast with Jesus inside. How much of your old self has decreased to allow Christ to multiple the size of the dough so that the mystery of the Kingdom of Heaven becomes present for others?
Jesus Teaches the People by the Sea, James Tissot, Brooklyn Museum
Matthew 13 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)
The Parable of the Mustard Seed
31 He put before them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field; 32 it is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.”
The Parable of the Yeast
33 He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of flour until all of it was leavened.”
The Use of Parables
34 Jesus told the crowds all these things in parables; without a parable he told them nothing. 35 This was to fulfill what had been spoken through the prophet:
“I will open my mouth to speak in parables;
I will proclaim what has been hidden from the foundation of the world.”
Thank you for meditating on this daily Gospel reading and considering this reflection on Matthew 13:31-35.