The Parable of the Mustard Seed – Mark 4: 26-32
The mustard seed that Jesus talks about in this parable is small and it became large. But it is also invasive. A noxious weed that is hard to get rid of. It is a plant that was banned by law from the gardens of the ancient Mediterranean world, and it is classified as a noxious weed in many places today. When you plant mustard, it will take over your garden. Why would Jesus use such an image if the point is only that something small becomes very large? Why does he talk about an invasive weed against which we write laws until this day, in this state and every other state in the Union? Because the kingdom of God has invasive power, not only in the next world but also in the here and now. It brings justice and peace through grace and love despite all worldly powers who seek to prevent it.
Rev. Olaf Baumann, sermon, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Port Angeles WA
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