Today's Gospel reading is Matthew 13:31-35, which reduces to writing Jesus' teaching to his disciples on how the world is transformed into the kingdom of heaven. The kingdom "is like a mustard seed" that someone sows in a field, which starts small "and becomes a tree", and "like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of flour until all of it was leavened".
So it is with our own tiny efforts to speak and live the Gospel wherever we find ourselves. The effects take time, but slowly, perhaps imperceptibly at first, growth like nature out of control exceeds our imaginings. It is happening now, and has been for quite some time. It will continue unabated to the end of the age as earthly regimes come and go. "Let anyone with ears listen!"
At the recommendation of a friend, I purchased Universalis over the weekend and downloaded it to my iPhone and to my PC. It is a well-designed application for praying the Liturgy of the Hours--the official body of daily prayers prescribed by the Catholic Church to be recited at the canonical hours. Christians from the Western and Eastern traditions (Catholic, Orthodox, Anglican) celebrate the Liturgy of the Hours under various names. And, to my mild surprise, numerous Protestants from a variety of backgrounds other than Anglican appear to be using the Universalis application, as evidenced by comment threads I have seen.
For those interested in expanding and deepening their prayer lives, and reading and praying through the Holy Scriptures as it has been done since ancient times, I highly recommend the Liturgy of the Hours. And, now, with the creation of Universalis, one doesn't have to purchase multiple prayer books and master a complex system of moving from one text to another.