Lk 13:18-21

Jesus says that the kingdom of God is like the mustard seed that is sown in the ground. It is a tiny seed and when placed in the ground it is hidden, and, yet, it produces a tree that provides shelter for the birds of the air. Jesus also says that the kingdom of God is like leaven which a woman puts in flour. Leaven is of small quantity and is hidden when placed in the flour and, yet, because of its influence the whole batch of dough was leavened. Jesus seems to be saying that in the realm of God what is very small can turn out to be very significant. Even our smallest acts of kindness can have an impact for good beyond anything we might imagine. The small initiatives we take in the service of another can bear fruit that we could never have intended. God can work powerfully through the smallest of gestures. God is present even in the smallest act of kindness, when it is according to the will of God. Our actions of caring for one another may go unnoticed by the world, but they contribute to the growth of the Kingdom of God. What Jesus would ask us at the last judgement is also about these small acts of mercy like giving water to the thirsty, food to the thirsty, cloths to the naked, visiting the sick and so on. Are planting these seeds of the Kingdom? Our daily efforts to be faithful to the gospel in small ways can have consequences that would surprise us.
✍️ CB