Readings 29 Oct 2013

October 28th, 2013  |  Published in Deacon Andy's Blog

Today’s readings are Rom 8:18-25 and Lk 13:18-21

Today’s first reading is in a way a very concise lesson on salvation history.  God created the world and everything in it and it was “very good”.  Adam and Eve however were seduced by evil and the original sin was committed. Thus we have what is known as the “the Fall”. It is the result of the fall of mankind from that perfect state of communion with God (that God had intended and still intents for us) that we find ourselves in this broken state.  As a result of the Fall all of creation is “made subject to futility” (Rom 8:20). God gave mankind dominion over all the earth and when mankind fell away from God, so did all of creation.   There is evidence all around us of how mankind has made creation corrupt; wars, social injustice, gang violence, murders, – a culture of death.

God in His infinite mercy and desire for man to come back to Him, sent His only begotten Son into the world to suffer, die and resurrect to provide us a path back to that state of perfect communion with God.  Through Jesus we have the first fruit of the Spirit. We the created creatures “groan within ourselves as we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies.” (Rom 8:.23) so that we my come back to the perfect communion with the Creator.

Our gospel reading today reminds us that only the tiniest spark is required to ignite a faith that leads to the kingdom of God.  Just think of how only a pinch of yeast is needed to make an entire batch of dough rise. But if we keep an entire jar of yeast from mixing with the dough nothing happens.   If we accept that gift of faith and nurture it with responses to God’s call for us we will see the kingdom of God. We must mix the yeast of faith with  measures of personal response to God’s call in order for us to rise into the kingdom of God.