“How do the Kingdom parables (Matthew 13) relate to the epistles from Christ to the Churches?”
Parable: The Leavened Bread
Being happy Gentiles, we don’t get the impact of this one. I mean, what’s the big deal of a woman adding some leaven (think yeast and you’re not too far off) to bread? That’s how you make bread, isn’t it?
Well, remember Jesus is talking to a Jewish audience. In Mid-Eastern cultures, three measures of meal are considered a friendship offering when you have guests. Leaven is a form of sin or corruption because it puffs up.
What the woman is doing is offering her guests a corrupted dinner. The Roman Catholic Church venerates Mary to the point of giving her near-godhood. She’s considered the “co-Redemptrix” with Christ. In other words, it’s not God alone who saves our miserable selves. That was not the original plan. There’s a prophecy about a virgin giving birth, but absolutely zippo about the mother of God interceding for humanity’s salvation. God, in fact, is pretty emphatic about you talking to Him when you need something.