June 16, 2024

 

This Week’s Inspiration:
The Rev. Jennifer Strawbridge, priest in the Church of England, on the Parable of the Mustard Seed:


“Despite the image of a small seed growing steadily into a big bush, a mustard plant is an invasive weed. It is erratic, annoying, and dangerous because it can take over a hillside, knock over a wall, and uproot plants around it. It attracts birds that you may not want invading your space. It’s not exactly garden-friendly. It thrives on neglect. Once established, it is tough to eradicate. Jesus’s listeners would have understood the brilliance of the parable. The kingdom of God reaches everyone and grows everywhere. The kingdom of God spreads regardless of our skill or lack thereof. The kingdom of God doesn’t depend on us No matter what we do, it cannot be destroyed. And perhaps more like our lives than we would prefer, it is messy, it isn’t in our control, and it is unpredictable. In a way, it fits. And this is precisely where the kingdom of God gives us hope, because it means that no matter how distracted we might be by our lives, God can work within us in ways we cannot always see. The kingdom of God is wild, mysterious and invasive because we never know where God may lead us and what new life, new creation, may be ahead of us as we live the life of faith.”

 

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