What is the kingdom of god like?

Published October 26, 2021, 12:05 AM

by Manila Bulletin


Reflections today

The simile of mustard seed and yeast shows that the Kingdom of God starts small and quiet. Nonetheless, it has creative power that propels growth and renews all of life. Jesus’ ministry was contained in the small region of Palestine, among men and women of no standing in society. Then he suffers and dies like a criminal. But the seed of the Good News has been planted in the hearts of his followers. Then the power of Jesus’ resurrection breaks asunder the realm of sin, death, and of Satan. It opens all believers to the divine life, to communion with God. Catholic teaching sees the Kingdom of God as in process, an eschatological reality already present, but not yet fully achieved. Jesus inaugurated his ministry with a small band of apostles and disciples that has grown into a Church (community of believers) that proclaims this same Kingdom. Thus, the Church is not simply identified with the Kingdom of God; on the other hand, the Church does serve the Kingdom as a leaven in the dough of humanity, in sowing the seed, and casting a net to catch men and women for the Kingdom.

FIRST READING • Rom 8:18-25

Brothers and sisters: I consider that the sufferings of this present time are as nothing compared with the glory to be revealed for us. For creation awaits with eager expectation the revelation of the children of God; for creation was made subject to futility, not of its own accord but because of the one who subjected it, in hope that creation itself would be set free from slavery to corruption and share in the glorious freedom of the children of God. We know that all creation is groaning in labor pains even until now; and not only that, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, we also groan within ourselves as we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies. For in hope we were saved. Now hope that sees for itself is not hope. For who hopes for what one sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait with endurance.

GOSPEL • LUKE 13:18-21

Jesus said, “What is the Kingdom of God like? To what can I compare it? It is like a mustard seed that a man took and planted in the garden. When it was fully grown, it became a large bush and the ‘birds of the sky dwelt in its branches.’ ” Again he said, “To what shall I compare the Kingdom of God? 21It is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of wheat flour until the whole batch of dough was leavened.”

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