Gospel of Luke 13:18-21 Reflection:
Today we have one of those gospels that are a pure ‘dig in the teeth’ to the poor old atheists in our society and reveals to us the reason why they can never win.
Jesus compares the kingdom to two things: the first is the mustard seed that grows into a large tree, even though the seed is very small and the second is yeast, of which only a pinch makes the bread grow.
The Kingdom of God is implanted in the heart of every man. The only way to avoid it is by denying its reality. God keeps gnawing away at us. He keeps speaking in the quiet recesses of our heart and some people so much desire to do their own will that they end up taking resentment at God.
When they resent him enough and they realize that they can’t get him completely out of their heads, then they deny him.
But God does not allow this to bear fruit. God, through man’s conscience makes himself known in the life of every person. And we all know in the very bottom of our heart that there is a God and we must give an account to him.
That is where the resentment and hatred of God arises. The knowledge that we, the great human person, full of pride and arrogance, have to give an account of our lives.
But there are always those who hear the voice and answer its call. That is the reason the atheist can never win. God touches enough hearts who listen.
The life of the atheist is one of denial, fear and resentment. It can be nothing else. The Christian, on the other hand, knows he has nothing to fear, not even death itself.