30 October 2018; Rome was not built in a day

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Tuesday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time

Reading 1Eph 5:21-33;  Gospel Lk 13:18-21

In today’s Gospel passage Jesus compares the kingdom of God to a mustard seed which grows into a small tree and the yeast that makes the whole dough to rise up. We may expect the Kingdom of God or the reign of God to come suddenly with majesty accompanied by thundering voice. But Jesus says that it is not so; it is silent yet active beneath. It is active in the society in which we live though it is not present tangibly. At the end, it would rise up into a big tree. There is no revolution that has come up simply overnight. The well often saying in English is ‘Rome was not built in a day.’ The French or the American Revolution didn’t start of that day. There were silent ground level movements that led to the same. In a similar way let us take the recent Arab spring: what started as a small protest by a boy in Egypt later on spread to different countries overthrowing decades long tyranny. This is the power of the mustard seed or yeast. The presence of the yeast converted the whole dough.

Today, it is a call for us to be yeasts and mustard seeds. Our little acts of goodness and kindness would have far reaching consequences. What is the reign of God? It is accomplished when divine values dominate over the secular values of materialism, cult of the body, selfishness etc… We should not wait for the Kingdom of God to come from above in royalty; rather we are to initiate the reign of God by being yeast – yeast of goodness – in the society. it indeed takes time but that’s what kingdom of God is.

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