Jesus said, "What is the Kingdom of God like?
To what can I compare it?
It is like a mustard seed that a man took and planted in the garden.
When it was fully grown, it became a large bush
and the birds of the sky dwelt in its branches."
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 13:18-21
When I read today's Gospel, my first reaction was, "Really? (Yawn)" I mean, seriously, the Kingdom of God is a tree with branches and we're all going to perch up there for all eternity? How unspectacular!
Kingdom for me brings up visuals of kings, queens, castles, knights and of course princesses!
Then there's that yeast thing. I don't bake. Enough said.
But Jesus knows we are a simple (and stubborn) people and that our minds probably can't imagine the kingdom. The planting of a small seed (our faith) and caring for it over the years, brings about that huge bush that gives shelter and comfort to the birds in its branches.
I was kind of hoping for a mega mall with a food court. Oh, and I don't need any money. But hey, that might just be me.