For ‘kingdom’ say ‘presence’. Then read it again. “The presence of God is like this: a man scatters seed upon the soil. Whether he is asleep or awake, be it day or night, the seed sprouts and grows, he knows not how.” The seeds of awareness of God are in us. They will not suddenly leap into the air, bypassing all stages of growth, and fill the grain-loft to the door. Instead they will lie in the damp earth, lost and forgotten, seeming dead. But the miracle of life is happening there where no one can see and no one can understand or explain it. Then the most vulnerable part appears just above the ground. It has no defences, it doesn’t find itself in a glasshouse; it is exposed to everything that could happen to it. That's life. Only love could take such risks.
In this parable Jesus says that the presence of God is like that. Now, for ‘presence of God’ just say ‘God’. God doesn’t appear with flashes of lightning and claps of thunder. God appears slowly, microscopically, humbly, tenderly…. Our part is to wait, to listen, to have the wise humility of the earth, and to have faith and hope and love.
By Donagh O’Shea