Ice Cream Anyone?
Do you have a favourite kind of ice cream? Mine would have to be vanilla, nothing can compare with the very basic kind, even something sweet. If you went up to someone and told them "I like ice cream", their response would naturally be "well what's your favourite kind? " You have to give a specific flavour right? You cannot just say 'ice cream is my favourite flavour'. Mine would have to be vanilla, the very basic but very best kind. However, when you think about it, every flavour, no matter what, would still be ice cream right? It all connects back to that key term for the sweet, cold treat. Now think about Jesus' parables. He uses them as metaphors for us to understand a little piece of what God's Kingdom is like, here on earth. There may be many different rules, things to follow and ways to live, but everything connects back to being in God's Kingdom, one with the loving Creator.
Today's Gospel states: 'Another parable he put before them, saying, "The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed which a man took and sowed in his field; it is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches." He told them another parable. "The kingdom of heaven is like leaven which a woman took and hid in three measures of flour, till it was all leavened." All this Jesus said to the crowds in parables; indeed he said nothing to them without a parable. This was to fulfil what was spoken by the prophet: "I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter what has been hidden since the foundation of the world"' (Matthew 13:31-35).
The parable of the mustard seed is one of my favourites. Jesus tells us how it is a small seed, but if it is given the opportunity to thrive, to grow, it will become a great tree. How do you connect your faith with the world around you? Do you do everything for the love of others, the love of God? If every little thing works towards helping us become disciples, tall and sturdy trees in our faith, rooted in God's word, then what does that say about some things in our life, pastimes, hobbies? Do you stick with one flavour of ice cream, or do you try a new kind every time so to experience all of the good? Everything connects us back to God, our all-loving, all-giving Creator. Take some time to reflect about how you value God's love today. So, what's your favourite ice cream?
Today' prayer comes from 'Knowing Jesus' a prayer for spiritual growth:
Heavenly Father, You have called us to grow in grace, to increase our understanding of Jesus and to develop a close and intimate relationship with You. Lord, this is what I desire to do, and I pray I may come to know You more and more each day. Thank You Father for the Bible, which is written to help me understand Your Word of truth and thank You for the indwelling Holy Spirit, Who has promised to guide me in the way that I should go. I pray that I may learn to walk in spirit and truth so that I may mature in my Christian faith – as I study the Bible and learn to live godly in Christ Jesus, Amen