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October 27, 2020

Daily Reflection for Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Peace and Blessings, Friends and Parishioners,

We encourage you to reflect on Tuesday’s readings at this link:

If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First Reading:  Ephesians 5:21-33
Responsorial:  Psalm 128:1-5
Gospel:  Luke 13:18-21

Our reflection on Tuesday’s readings:

Fresh bread . . . hot cinnamon rolls.  The fun of climbing a tree . . . hiding behind one . . . or staying dry under one as it rained.  Bread . . . trees.  As a child, I loved both – and never thought about what I could learn from them.

In today’s gospel, Jesus compares the Kingdom of God to the yeast that leavens dough . . . and to a seed that grows into a bush with birds dwelling in its branches.  These metaphors mean a lot to me:

  •     There is the contrast between a tiny seed and a large tree . . . between bits of yeast and many loaves of bread.  Small things can be agents of growth and transformation.
  •     The seed and yeast lose their identity as the beautiful tree and fresh bread are formed.  Because they seek no credit, credit is always theirs.
  •     The tree and the bread serve God unselfishly . . . their very existence is as servant.

Without the seed, the birds have no home.  Without the yeast, the people are not fed.  Without Jesus and his disciples . . . without today’s Body of Christ . . . without you and me . . . there is no Kingdom of God.  We are all yeast and seeds . . . agents of transformation and growth.  And like Jesus’ disciples, our formation begins with the two great commandments . . . love of God and neighbor (Matthew 22:36-40).

As we grow, we learn that “faith, of itself, if it does not have works, is dead.” (James 2:17).  Jesus calls us to works of love in the parable of God separating the righteous (the sheep) and the accursed (the goats) in the Judgment of the Nations (Matthew 25:31-46).  Seed becomes tree – homes for the homeless.  Yeast becomes bread – food for the hungry.

You and I are the Kingdom of God – seeds and yeast – caring for others.  We can change the world.

Peace, my friends,
Bill Bradbury


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