Jesus’ Life: Chapter 7 – The Kingdom Of Heaven
John the Baptist said to those who came to be baptised, “Do penance: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand”.
So what is the Kingdom of Heaven like?
Jesus said it is like, “Yeast that a woman took and mixed with three measures of wheat flour until the whole batch was leavened”.
Yeast is a single-celled microorganism which when added to flour with water, ferments giving off a gas. The small gas bubbles transform the bread making it lighter, softer and much bigger i.e. the bread is said to be leavened.
Jesus was saying that the amazing effect of yeast on bread was like the effect of his Gospel on us and the world. Jesus wanted us to open our hearts to his Word, live its message and, in return, enjoy everlasting happiness with Him, the Angels and Saints in heaven. (Matthew 13:33, Mark, 13:20-21)
Without the Gospel of Jesus in our hearts, we will remain dead to the wonders of God’s Kingdom.
Lord Jesus, strengthen my resolve to understand your call, obey your Gospel and be one with you today and every day. Amen
Prayer: Light (Gospel Extracts)
The light of God surrounds me,
the love of God enfolds me,
the power of God protects me,
the presence of God watches over me,
wherever I am, God is,
and where God is, all is perfect.