If we met you, Jesus,
we might not think that you were on a mission.
Your talk would be of common and curious things,
salt, yeast, dough,
lost sheep, lost coins,
paying taxes, sharing a meal,
foolish home builders and wise virgins.
We would not know that you were on a mission,
we would think that you were making good sense of life,
lighting up the ordinary, identifying the truth.
When we next chance upon a meeting with you
through the needs and questions of another,
or our own dilemmas,
may the answers be as uncomplicated as your
steady, enduring love.
Jesus 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.”
He told the crowds all these things in parables; without a parable he told them nothing. This was to fulfill what had been spoken through the prophet:
“I will open my mouth to speak in parables; I will proclaim what has been hidden from the foundation of the world.” Matthew 13:33-35