O Jesus, Your Kingdom is hidden but powerful.
Picture Jesus with His disciples.
These two parables express the power of the kingdom, by highlighting a beginning smallness and a final greatness. From insignificant beginnings of mustard seed and leaven, God creates a mighty Kingdom. What began as a small ministry of a Jewish prophet (Jesus of Nazareth) becomes the Final Age of all history.
Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)
Thoughts: (Read all. Ponder the ones that attract you.)
- Although small, the mustard seed and the leaven are alive. They contain God’s creative powers.
- They are effective only by being buried – the seed into the ground and the leaven into the flour.
- The leaven’s effects are seen quickly. The power of the mustard seeds comes forth more slowly.
- They bring great blessings. The birds gain shelter and human beings gain nourishment.
- Like the seed and the leaven, God’s Kingdom is hidden within us and often overlooked.
- Really, the kingdom is filled with power and able to transform any person or society.
Affections: (When one touches your heart, use your own words.)
- O Jesus, I will cherish the seeds of your Kingdom within me.
- Plant your leaven within me. It will transform me completely.
- Jesus, your power in me can do all things.
- Lord, I will live by faith in your Kingdom within me.
- Give me patient faith. Your kingdom does not blossom overnight.
Resolutions: (Possibly you might want to make your own.)
+ I will believe in the power of Jesus’ Kingdom.
+ I will be patient, trusting God’s kingdom to transform me.
Thought for the day: (To recall your meditation.)
To what can I compare the kingdom of God?