“….The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.”Matthew 13: 31-32
Peace and good to all.
How can something small turn out to be the largest? How can something seems to be insignificant turns out to be a nesting place or home to others? How can something as tiny as the mustard seed be able to transform the world?
Let me share my thoughts.
The Kingdom of God is not about power, popularity and wealth. It is about the reign of love. A love the spreads voluntarily, not with force or threat, but that which spreads automatically. It grows in increasing number from person to person. For example, a simple help you give to a person in need, or just a mere time you spent to listen to someone, though may look little or no big deal at all, would create a rippling effect sending waves to the people around you, inspiring others to offer their help also to others who are in need, just like what you did.
There are so many needs in this world, and while the needs of people vary from simple to complex, today’s gospel sends an invitation to us, followers of Christ, to plant our own little mustard seed. How? By extending help to those who need our help, it could be financial, physical, emotional or spiritual help, let’s help. Let others see Jesus in us.
Sometimes our intention to extend our help was hampered by the thinking that what we can give is only small, insignificant to the need, or we are embarrass because we cannot give money and that is what is needed at the time being. Do not think that way, my friends, just be who you are, a prayer offered to someone is as valuable as money help or physical help. A hug, inspiring words, defending someone who cannot defend himself, sharing our talent and knowledge to the one in need, saving a soul and bringing him to Jesus, are some of the mustard seed that we can plant. And, in all these deeds that we do, we should not overthink whether what we do would have a dent in this world, for God is the soil that would make these good seed grow. The one you helped today maybe the person who will be helping another one in need tomorrow, and so on and so forth, showing a reign of love.