Dome of the Cefalu Cathedral, Sicily
Gospel of Matthew 13:31-35 Reflection:
There is a beautiful icon in the altar dome of the cathedral of Cefalu in Sicily; it is the icon 'Christ the Teacher.'
In the icon, Jesus is shown holding an open book and his right hand is held up with two fingers extended as if he is stressing a point. It is a masterpiece of symbolic art.
This is something that we seldom think of when it comes to Jesus, how wonderful a teacher he was. In today's gospel he uses two simple everyday events to bring home deep spiritual points.
The first is the mustard seed, which though very small, grows into the largest shrub in the land. The second is the image of a little yeast making the bread rise.
Even today when we understand the processes that make these events happen they are so strange that they still make us think of the power of the Kingdom, which arrives in our heart as a single word or idea but which if we listen to it, becomes the whole focus of our lives.
In order to be taught by Jesus we have to be willing to listen and learn. If we approach our subject from an 'I know all' attitude then Jesus cannot get through to us.
We need to be like little children, willing to hear and listen, to be taught and to obey what we are taught.
If we are not, then the words of Jesus shall pass us by.
For those that are wise...the words of Jesus are rich indeed!