Earlier in Luke’s Gospel, Jesus tries to explain what the kingdom of God is like. Using images of the mustard seed and yeast, Luke leaves his readers with the sense that despite small beginnings, the kingdom will indeed grow.

For his hearers, who expect a Messiah to come in a visible display of power, Jesus tries to rid them of the notion that the kingdom will suddenly appear by fiat, and that we can concern ourselves merely with the timing of it all. Rather, Jesus points to the cross as the path through which God’s reign would come.

In the Spiritual Exercises, St. Ignatius describes God as one who “labors” with us. Like the one who plants the seeds or mixes the yeast with flour, we are called to be co-laborers with God in the here and now.

What are the signs of the kingdom’s presence in your life and community? How can your labor today be leaven for the kingdom?

—Marty Kelly is an Associate Chaplain at College of the Holy Cross and a Regional Coordinator for Contemplative Leaders in Action in Boston.





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