Each day of this New Year, may God help us to keep our eyes on Jesus.
Even in death, God is with us.
Consider the dandelions, how they grow
dense and golden in some places
with bright yellow faces almost every
where else, but sparse and delicate here.
It’s weird how….
Jesus gave us glimpses of the Kingdom of Heaven by comparing what we do not see with what we do. By using literary devices of metaphor and simile, Jesus gave us poetry, which, in any form, can help us to remember what’s said.
In today’s Gospel readings, two tiny parables quickly slid into syllabic verse that’s technically not the traditional haiku from ancient Asia. Nevertheless, these English versions seemed to want that pattern of 5/ 7/ 5 syllables, respectively, on each line.
And Jesus said:
To what shall I compare the Kingdom of God?
Look at it like this:
Sow faith as small as
a mustard seed, and branches
will grow into nests.
And again, He asked:
How shall I show you the Kingdom of God?
Stir a bit of yeast
with many pounds of flour –
Wait! Much bread will rise.
©2013, Mary Harwell Sayler, prayer-a-phrased poems from Luke 13:18-20 in today’s Bible readings in the Gospels