The Mustard Seed.
The gardener’s nightmare.
Once sown it grows quickly,
and is very difficult to get rid of.
The Japanese knot weed comes to mind.
‘With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it?’ Jesus asks.
A giant oak tree, or a cedar of Lebanon?
A weedy bush!
I wonder if this was the parable Paul had in mind, when he suggested in one of his letters,
that ‘God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise’.
What we have here is a metaphor, a radical interpretation of God’s network.
A tenacious presence, an irritant.
Prophetic in its provocative questioning of the world’s wisdom.
And it won’t let go.