July 25

Matthew 13:31-33

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.’” vs. 33

From time to time we’re blessed to get a glimpse of how other people live in our world. It could happen in the course of travel but most of the time it happens randomly as we navigate between television, social media, movies, and chance encounters in malls and stores. Often those blessed glimpses leave us appalled! It’s hard to believe that there are people in our world who have a total lack of morality, conscience, or kindness. Some of them are just plain cruel! And what’s even more appalling, it seems as though such people make up the majority of human beings! We begin to wonder if the human race will even survive! Jesus’ parable about the yeast gives us hope. He’s telling us that if some in our world, even a tiny minority, show forth his light, there will be an effect on the whole. Think of it! We who bear the Light of Christ have an influence far beyond our numbers. Our presence is like yeast in the world, and because of us there is hope for all. Even when it seems we aren’t making any difference, our kindness, love, and mercy soften hardened hearts and bring light to dark places. And as we are consistent in our behaviours, gradually the goodness gets mixed into every darkened corner and the world is changed.

Thought for the Day: How does my presence affect others?

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