Thought for The Day – Friday 18th March

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The Parable of the Yeast

He told them still another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into about sixty pounds of flour until it worked all through the dough.

Matthew 13:33

Like most of his parables, Jesus draws this one from everyday life. As a boy, he must have seen his mother working the dough before it was baked. To the dough was added a piece of dough, saved from the previous day’s baking. It had been allowed to ferment. It was put into the new batch of dough to make the bread rise.

This parable is about the Kingdom of God – God’s rule/reign. The aim is for God’s rule to extend and reach to all corners of society just as the yeast spreads throughout the dough.

More dramatic, however, is the way the yeast works. It forces its way powerfully through the dough transforming it into a seething, bubbling, heaving mass. This is what gives the bread its light airy texture. So it is with God’s love. It is capable of transforming life – the life of us as individuals, as a society and as a world.

As Christianity spread across the world the lives of many marginalised groups were changed for the better. Schools and hospitals were built to support children and the sick and elderly.

Every generation, however, has to renew its institutions and reaffirm its values. That will only be done as we get involved in the life of our communities and the world. We have to be the yeast in our society today.

Prayer: Living God, we pray for our community. Help us to be your co-workers for the transformation of the lives of all who live in our area.

Action: Become involved in some activity or organisation in the community.

 

This Thought was written by Ian Moir

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