Scripture: All these things Jesus spoke to the crowds in parables. He spoke to them only in parables, to fulfill what had been said through the prophet: “I will open my mouth in parables; I will announce what has lain hidden from the foundation (of the world)."Matthew 13:34-35
Prayer: Help me to pause to catch the meaning of the parables in my life.
Response: The reason that parables reached Jesus’audience and you as well is that in the parable a life story is unfolding, and at some point you observe it as perhaps as your story and no longer limit your involvement as that of an actor; note, I did not say the actor. Even if you cannot distinguish a mustard seed from a poppy seed, you catch the hidden meaning of the parable.
For a moment, consider your life as a mustard seed that in my grace reaches a height and breath that does give shelter to those in need – even if that need goes unrecognized. Go back in time and allow the film of your life to run forward, scanning the unfolding of those branches, especially those that had to be pruned – sometimes painfully. Think of those you touch and by whom you are touched in the course of your life to the present – some of whom have departed.Do your best not to freeze the frame in the past, realizing that the projector runs each day as the branches grow strong and provide shelter, paradoxically as you age.
You were not designed, at least not all of you, to read and ponder theological texts in the dim light of a vacant library, but rather to listen in prayer and apply the lessons and insights of the stories that abound in scripture that apply to you this day, even if you still can’t distinguish a poppy seed from a mustard seed.