Today is Monday the 28th of July, in the Seventeenth Week of Ordinary Time.

The Community of Taizé sing “the Kingdom of God is justice and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.  Come, Lord, and open in us the gates of your kingdom.”

Today’s reading is from the Gospel of Matthew.

The tiniest of seeds that becomes a great tree, giving shelter to the birds; and the yeast that spreads through all of the dough to leaven it, to lighten it, to make it rise….two parables about the Kingdom of Heaven – but what is this “Kingdom of Heaven” Jesus is talking about?

These parables could be a way of describing the way God acts in the world?  How does your experience of God’s action in the world, in your life, compare with the mustard seed and the yeast in the dough?

They might also be parables about how we, as followers of Jesus, can help to spread or build God’s Kingdom?  How do the mustard seed and the yeast in the dough speak to you of that?

As you hear the reading again, imagine yourself present there, as one of the disciples, listening to Jesus. Imagine how he looks and how he sounds.  See if being there makes any difference to your understanding of what Jesus says.

Stay there now, in this scene, with Jesus.  Speak to him about what he’s said and your reaction to it.  Ask him about it, perhaps, and see what he says in reply.