October 29, 2019 – Tuesday 30th Week in Ordinary Time
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.”
A single drop of water in a lake or any body of water creates endless ripple effect. This is how a small thing can make a big difference.
Our Gospel today conveys an important message for us of small things that really matters.
The two parables of the kingdom of God present to us how a small thing can become meaningful, wonderful and can create a significant impact. God, indeed, favors the small, the humble and the simple because God can work through them. If we have noticed, it was also the humble, the small ones, people who were believed to be insignificant by others who actually responded well to God.
This tells us that being humble, or small, or simple or having little and even having almost nothing is not a problem with God. God is even delighted in our simplicity and in our smallness because there are no pretensions in there.
Being small makes us rather disposed and welcoming to what God offers us. In this way, when we allow God to work in us, God makes great things out of the little things in us and out of our smallness.
Thus, each of us too, even the smallest acts of goodness and kindness and a simple expression of concern and love can have an impact to others that might be beyond what we could imagine. Our simple initiatives in serving God and others, in expressing our love create an opportunity for God to work in us and through us. If only, we will allow God to work, then, God transforms us and our efforts powerfully and wonderfully.
We don’t have to create spectacular things or do impressive acts for the sake of being recognized by others, our small but sincere actions and silent kindness could create an endless ripple effect on others.
In this way, the kingdom of God surely grows in us. Though the kingdom of God may grow slowly, but it grows continually and powerfully in us. Hence, do not be afraid or be shy in doing small good things for others and for God. Show your kindness and generosity to your neighbors today. Say “I love you” to your beloved. Say “I forgive you” to those who have hurt you. It would surely be through these simple things that God becomes ever present in us, because “small things matter” in God. Hinaut pa.
Jom Baring, CSsR