Sixth Sunday After the Epiphany
Nov 29, 2017
6th Sunday After Epiphany 2017
Everyone likes a good story. Especially the ones that invite us to step into them. Why is this? Well we all want to consider another perspective or viewpoint that we may have never considered before.
Jesus liked to tell parables or stories to help us understand that no matter our vocation or situation in life, we all should see the hand of God in and through the ordinary events of everyday life.
Take for instance, the parable of the mustard seed. Which is the tiniest of all seeds, yet when fully grown, becomes the largest of all plants. This can be compared with the virtue of faith. Faith may start out as something very small, yet can develop and not only become larger than life, but can continue to grow until we die and leave this earth. Take a moment and access for yourselves how much your faith has grown in your life. The longer we live the more experiences we have to draw upon to magnify the reality of God and His providence in our lives. Our Faith then calls us to help the church to spread the Faith throughout the world.
The parable of the Kingdom of Heaven being likened as yeast that a woman took and mixed into 3 batches of flour until the whole batch was leavened helps us to understand that the leaven itself is a symbol of the individual Christian to be Child of God, in the middle of the world. Living in the middle of the world and retaining his Christian identity, he wins souls for Christ by his word and example. Because our calling to be Children of God, in the midst of the world, requires us to not only seek our own personal holiness, but also to go out and convert others or lead them back to the Lord.
We may not consider ourselves as all that influential, however if we consider how little leaven is needed in order to transform the entire mass of dough. With this in mind, we should realize that our contribution no matter how small it may be can have an effect in the lives of others.
The mustard seed and a small amount of leaven can become more than we could ever imagine, if we but allow the Lord to work in our lives through prayer, sacrifice and good example.
We should also consider the fact that the leaven has an effect only when it is in contact with the dough. Without being distinguishable from the dough, but working from within, the leaven does the work of transformation. The woman not only inserts the leaven, but she also kneads it into the mass and hides its presence. In like manner we should mix with other people and become indentified with them…Just as leaven is hidden but does not disappear. So, little by little, all of the mass is transformed to the proper degree. Only in the middle of the world can we hope to bring all things to be renewed by God. It is this task that we have been called by our own divine vocations.
The first Christians acted as a fermenting yeast in the world that was in decay. In a short space of time they were able to spread the faith in their homes, cities, islands, towns, assemblies, even into the army barracks, the clans and classrooms, the palaces, the Senate and Forum.
We can do this ourselves, by being faithful, showing what it means to follow Christ closely. We should be known as persons who are loyal, sincere, cheerful and hard working. Our life, with all our weaknesses, should be a sign that brings people to Christ. Bottom line- our example should lead people to think, “This is the way to reach God. I want to have what you have!!!