“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.’” (Mt 13: 31-33)

Even “just a little bit” of grace goes a long way, once it’s touched our hearts. Because our God is a God with a very subtle and humble “touch,” He allows us to grow in acceptance of His goodness at our own pace, often imperceptible to ourselves.

If I feel stunted in my spiritual growth today, and God’s grace seems imperceptible in my life, at the moment, let me try remembering back to a grace-filled moment, when God touched my heart. And let me be assured that this “seed” of God is there, within me, like “leaven” that “a woman,” – the Bride of Christ that is His Church, – “took and hid” in the messy little lump of dough that is my character.Let me be grateful for that small-yet-powerful fact today, that God’s little bit of grace is within me, growing imperceptibly into the “tree” that is Christ’s life-bringing Cross in my heart.

Let me embrace it a bit more today, as its “branches” are imperceptibly growing in usefulness not only to myself, but also to others and their “nests.” Lord, I say “Amen,” or “Let it be,” to the bit of Your goodness in my heart, however imperceptible it may be today. “…There will be an answer. Let it be. (Bum bum bum).” ☺


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