October 27, 2020

Again, he said, “To what shall I compare the kingdom of God? It is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of wheat flour until the whole batch of dough was leavened.” (Luke 13:20-21)

An early childhood memory is of Grandma Agnes and her sisters baking. They would meet for a day, just before Christmas and Easter, to make traditional pastries and fresh bread. For them, it was as much about spending time together as it was about preparing treats for family and friends to enjoy.

It was there that I first came to experience yeast, the amazing microorganism which miraculously transforms a mass of dough into nourishing bread.

The two parables in Luke 13 (the mustard seed and the yeast) show the future proportions of God’s kingdom that grow from small beginnings. In his public ministry, Jesus touched people, inspired them, helped them believe in the Father’s mercy and compassion, unleashed the good in their own hearts, and broke the power of evil and death in a perfect act of love on the cross. Its wonders are still unfolding in our day.

Great things often start small, even imperceptibly. It begins when each of us submits himself or herself to God’s rule. Yeast leavens the entire mass of dough, not part of it. Jesus’ vision and influence are to rule our entire being – our thoughts, our words, our actions. In this way, we produce the bread of holiness and truth.

Saint Peter Julian Eymard wrote: “To see God in everything, to go to God through everything, to surrender oneself entirely to his will at every moment: that is the unchangeable rule of a spiritual person.”

What have you not yet surrendered to God’s leaven?

Let us pray:

Use me, O God, as you wish for your glory and the increase of your kingdom. Amen.


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About Anthony Schueller, SSS

Father Anthony Schueller is the Provincial Superior of the Province of Saint Ann of the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament and the editor of Emmanuel.