November 4, 2023

Matthew 13:31-35

31 He put before them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field; 32 it is the smallest of all the 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.”

33 He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of flour until all of it was leavened.”

34 Jesus told the crowds all these things in parables; without a parable he told them nothing. 35 This was to fulfill what had been spoken through the prophet:

     “I will open my mouth to speak in parables;

          I will proclaim what has been hidden from the foundation of the world.”


God of the small miracles and tiny marvels, I pause to marvel at the wonder of the great mystery of faith: that you take small things to produce wonders and beauty. Out of the smallest of elements, you bring about the abundance of the Kin-dom of God. May our eyes be open during this busy season to the small and wonderful glimpses of your Kin-dom breaking in all around us. Use me to embody grace to those I meet: my friends, classmates, and family. Use me to embody grace to myself: allowing for rest, for refreshment, and for comfort within and for my body and my very being. May I both feel and share the wonder of the small miracles that produce the wonders in beauty that mark the Kin-dom of God. Amen.

Written by Rev. Dr. Matt Frease (he/him), Campus Minister, UKirk Tallahassee (Florida State)

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