March 12, 2020

Scripture Reading: Mark 4.30-32
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.”

  • The parable of the mustard seed is among Jesus’ most familiar teachings. Small things can become big things. Even little acts of love, kindness, mercy, or joy can bring about significant shifts in our world. So, what mustard seeds will you plant today that can help bring about this transformation? This is a beautiful image, but it might not be complete. Like most of Jesus’ parables, there are layers of meaning that can be gleaned from it. The mustard plant is rather stubborn; some might even call it a weed. To understand what Jesus might be saying when he says that the kingdom of God is like a stubborn weed is a bit more of a challenge. However, most of us have experienced what it’s like to have an idea planted in your heart that just won’t give up. I wonder what seeds of faith have been planted in your heart that you keep cutting back. Why do you do this? What might flourish if you allowed it to grow?

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