Monday, July 27, 2020 – Weekday
Jeremiah 13:1-11, Psalm 32:18-19, 20, 21, Matthew 13:31-35
The Kingdom of heaven is like…
Jesus’ parable and the story we have from Jeremiah both speak about God at work and our perceptions.
Twice when I was in retreat ministry was this parable suggested as the year’s theme. The first time, each retreatant got a mustard seed. Tiny though it be, when full-grown it becomes the largest of plants. We encouraged and desired that our faith, hope, and love grow.
Another time, the question became ‘what is the kingdom of heaven?’ What do we mean when we say ‘Thy Kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven?’ the consensus was that we’re called to recognize and work so that God’s will might be done. We are to display by our lives that God is present and providential as individuals and as a community of faith.
Lastly, the illustrative story of Jeremiah and the loin cloth tells us not to let our faith rot. We can’t take God’s gifts of faith, love, friendship, or health for granted. We shouldn’t only turn to God when things are bad. Each day is an opportunity to grow in God’s grace and love, sharing our joy and experience with others. This is the day the Lord has made. Let us announce what has been hidden from the foundation of the world.