Transformed Into a New Creation

Luke 13:18-21
Eph 5:21-33 / Psa 128:1-5

Without faith we can never see
How serving others can set us free.
God’s Kingdom is such a mystery
As a tiny seed becomes a tree.

Then Jesus said, “What is the Kingdom of God like? How can I illustrate it? It is like a tiny mustard seed planted in a garden; it grows and becomes a tree, and the birds find shelter among its branches.” He also asked, “What else is the Kingdom of God like? It is like yeast used by a woman making bread. Even though she used a large amount of flour, the yeast has made it all leavened.” – Luke 13:18-21

Reflection

Our Lord’s two short parables in today’s Gospel spoke about the same prophecy that would transpire within His small band of followers. In just a single generation after His resurrection and ascension into heaven, Christ’s Good News of salvation would spread like wild fire all over the Roman empire and beyond, to the whole civilized world. Like the outreaching branches of the mustard shrub, where birds of diverse plumage would flock and seek shelter, His kingdom would provide faith, hope and love to people of all races and cultures on earth.

The Kingdom of God began as a small and insignificant rag-tag band of mostly simple fishermen. But like leavened bread, it grew to become the largest and most powerful ‘kingdom’ in the world and in the hearts of men.

The gift of faith does not come to us like a torrent, or in the abundance of gifts or blessings. It usually comes as a small, insignificant event, just as a huge tree comes from a small seed. We hardly notice the transformation at first, but in subtle and inexplicable ways the Holy Spirit makes our spirit grow, just as a lump of flour expands and is transformed into a tasty loaf of bread by just a small amount of yeast.

As Jesus’ followers, we are witnesses to the expanding power of faith in our lives, as leavened by the Word of God. The Holy Spirit has opened our minds and hearts to the amazing wonders of His grace, especially when we serve God in our community, according to the lessons taught by our Lord in Holy Scriptures.

Serving in God’s flock is being receptive to His Word. We may not be fully aware of the transformation happening within us, but the Word of God is a powerful agent of change. And that is how we become involved in spreading the kingdom of God. As our Lord said in Acts 1:8, “. . . you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses . . . to the ends of the earth.” Blessed are you who helped spread Christ’s Good News of salvation to those who received the Word of God, the 26 young participants who finished the BIL Batch 429 last Sunday.

Father God, expand our capacity to serve Your Beloved Son. Fill us with hope, and grant us a glimpse of Your Kingdom, that we may always be faithful to Your will. Amen.

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