October 31, 2017
St. Alphonsus Rodriguez, SJ
Lk 13: 18-21
He said therefore, “What is the kingdom of God like? And to what should I compare it? It is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in the garden; it grew and became a tree, and the birds of the air made nests in its branches.” And again he said, “To what should I compare the kingdom of God? It is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of flour until all of it was leavened.”
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
God’s chemical reaction
As a science teacher, I have always been fascinated by chemical reactions- how you can take ingredients or chemicals, mix them together, and create something with completely
new properties! The awe of science! As the yeast metabolizes the sugars in the dough, carbon dioxide is formed and causes dough to expand. To me, it is easy to see God in these “wow-factor” chemical reactions. From raw reactants, God constructed man and woman, and his kingdom grew like leavened bread. When we are baptized, God begins our own “chemical reaction” of life. The most beautiful part of God’s Kingdom is that not only are we all connected by our “starting material,” but we are also all changed permanently
. A chemical change such as the yeast in bread is irreversible
—you cannot reassemble the bread and return it back to its raw starting ingredients. The same goes for our own lives. God has transformed us and is working within us – His presence cannot be removed.
How do you experience God’s “chemical reaction” in your own life?
—Madeleine Morelli teaches Science at Creighton Prep.
Here I am.
I trust that you have an incredible plan for me.
Transform me. Transform my life.
Everything is on the table.
Take what you want to take and give what you want to give.
Transform me into the person you created me to be,
so I can live the life you envision for me. Amen.
Please share the Good Word with your friends!