Mustard Seed

Matt. 13: 31-32 “The Reign of God is Like A Mustard Seed”

“The reign of God is like a mustard seed that someone took and planted in his field.  It is the smallest of all seeds. But when it is grown, it’s the largest of all vegetable plants. It becomes a tree so that the birds in the sky come and nest it it’s branches.” Matt. 13:31.

Yesterday we served a reception at a local church and than a meal at the Navigation Center in the evening. Both were the same–mustard seeds growing in the eyes of God–no difference because of class, money, social status.

It is us in our own sense of entitlement and fear that stigmatize people. We stigmatize them be calling them the “unsaved”, drug users, the mentally ill, rather than meeting each person where they are and providing the basics of health care, housing, food, and care. The young guy who helped yesterday commented, “People do not realize that basically homeless people just need some one to pay them attention instead of trying to tell them how to live.” What he meant is that if we treat people with dignity, and work with them as equals many can find their way, but that requires all of us sharing of what we have. We live in a society where it is the person who gets there first that counts–as long as we places ourselves at the center of the universe– people are hurt. It is about loving people, caring, treating them with dignity, and meeting them as equals. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

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