I love the way Jesus teaches us with parables, those wonderful stories that grab our attention, keep us engaged and then leave us asking questions; often times deep questions about what we might learn from the story. They are kind of like Esop’s Fables – leaving us to ask in the end, “What is the moral of that story?” Today in Scripture we hear about a mustard seed that was scattered upon the land only to grow silently almost undetected, until it reaches maturity becoming a large and fruitful plant. We think of the land as that which God created and gifted to us and in this particular parable we are like the mustard seeds that God scattered into the world; a world that has the capacity to feed us that we might grow and flourish to become what God intended we be.
The process of our growth, like the growth of the mustard seed, is risky – we could be washed away before we had time to take root. We could be crushed and mutilated by forces outside of ourselves making it difficult to survive. We may be fortunate enough to be nurtured and cared for, protected and loved. We, like a mustard seed may encounter raging storms in life or long periods of desertlike time when we thirst for life-giving water. As we grow we become stronger, able to handle the storms in life, even times of drought when all seems dry and lifeless. And then, blessed by God, we slowly, almost without consciousness realize that we have grown strong and mature. Then, like the mustard seed that produces fruit and puts forth branches so the birds can find rest in its shade, we are able to provide strength and protection, love and care. Blessed by our Creator, when we become all He intended we be, we will be a stronghold for others on this earth.
Our faith in Jesus Christ will produce in us the ultimate fruit of love, love for all of Creation, from the smallest seed to the strongest and most fruitful disciple. May we all, through the parables of Jesus grow in maturity and love in our faith and in our relationships, that we might become and remain strong compassionate disciples of Jesus Christ.
Have a wonderful week!
He Would Love First!
October 24, 2020
A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC