The Kingdom of God and Patient Endurance
Malvern Minute

 

October 31, 2017 – Tuesday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time

Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth; you have revealed to little ones the mysteries of the Kingdom. Alleluia, alleluia!

 

Mark J. Poletunow, Malvern President (mpoletunow@malvernretreat.com)

 

Click for: Readings for the day (From the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops)

 

A reading from the holy Gospel according to 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?
It is like yeast that a woman took
and mixed in with three measures of wheat flour
until the whole batch of dough was leavened.”

 

Reflect: What is the Kingdom of God like? Jesus’ answer to that question seems a bit underwhelming. Perhaps many listeners where awaiting an answer that spoke more of power and might than about a mustard seed and yeast. Actually, the first reading from Saint Paul’s Letter to the Romans (Chapter 8) helps us to understand Jesus’ answer:  “For who hopes for what one sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait with endurance.” The Kingdom of God, the pouring out of God’s grace over the world, is slow and steady; dependable to fulfill and flourish. As believers, though, we need to be armed with patient endurance. In fact, as missionary disciples in the world today, we are required to water the seed and to keep watch for the leavened flour to rise. Who thinks of the seed when we observe the large bush with many branches sheltering countless birds? Who thinks of the yeast when we enjoy the tasty and filling bread? But yet, without the seed and yeast the large bush and the hefty bread would never be seen and enjoyed. In a world where we expect instant results, God asks us for patient endurance. In a time when we expect our efforts to be rewarded quickly, we are asked to tend to the process without necessarily seeing the full outcome. The grace and love of God is what fuels the Kingdom of God. The result is a lavish and remarkable outcome. If we are willing, God will use our faith and trust in him to help us be significant stewards of his Kingdom.  May we have the grace to say “yes”, to cooperate with our God who will never let us down. May God help us to give good example and to perfect witness even in trying times. The Kingdom of God is unfolding in our midst!

 

Questions: How is God inviting me to water the seed of his Kingdom? When have I lacked the patient endurance that God asks of me? How might this Gospel strengthen me to be patient and trust that God has everything under control?

 

Pray: Loving God, increase my faith. Help me to trust you even when I don’t see immediate results. Give me the courage to be a faithful disciple who is willing to give good example and do the right thing so that your Kingdom may be made known and flourish in the world today.   I pray this in the powerful and perfect name of Jesus. Amen.

                                                                                                             

Let the hearts that seek the Lord rejoice; turn to the Lord and his strength; constantly seek his face.

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