In today’s gospel Jesus uses the imagery of a tiny mustard seed that grows and matures. The mustard plant is a nuisance weed. It is not planted by humans but mysteriously seems to appear here and there. Jesus uses this parable to help us appreciate the mystery of the Kingdom of God. Irrespective of the efforts and projects of human beings, God seems to sow the beginnings and potential of the reign of God taking root within us and among us.
Sometimes we may be surprised by the beginnings of heavenly and godly things that spring up among us, like an unexpected wave of peace or forgiveness or initiative to repair a relationship. We know that this “seed” comes from God rather than from our careful planning.
When have you noticed these mystery seeds being planted? How do you respond to them?