But the whole time, I’ve known that there was something else I’m supposed to be doing. Some other way to bring all of the knowledge and experience and passion for life that somehow comes very naturally to me alive in the wider world around me.
A Flashback Friday post In Matthew’s gospel Jesus teaches a series of brief parables that include some variation of the phrase, “The Kingdom of Heaven is like…” The Kingdom of Heaven is like a man who sowed seed. The Kingdom of Heaven is like a grain of yeast. The Kingdom of Heaven is like a … Continue reading The Kingdom of Heaven is like Antonina’s Kitchen
They asked me where God was...
In nearly every context where I’ve studied this story or heard it taught or preached, the assumption is made that “we” (Christians) are the wheat, and “they” (non-Christians) are the weeds. But what we fail to consider in that assumption is that nobody in Jesus’ original audience was a Christian. Jesus was preaching to first century Palestinian Jews who were deeply entrenched in their Jewish heritage.
Jesus is stripping away all sense of personal privilege. He is revealing all the ways we think ourselves superior to others and places us all, no matter our station in life, on a level field with one another.