October 2
Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Letter from Mustard Seed

Hab 1:2-3, 2:2-4 / Ps 95:1-2, 6-7, 8-9 / 2 Tm 1:6-8, 13-14 / Lk 17:5-10

Dear Brother and Sisters,

I know I am small, and used sparingly in recipes, and thought little of relative to Creation. However, God created me, as he did you, as part of his masterful plan. In today’s Gospel, our dear Lord refers to me in a way that has created a bit of confusion, perhaps even disbelief.  The Apostles demanded Jesus to “Increase our faith.” Jesus replies by telling them if they had the same amount of faith as me, they could tell a mulberry tree to be uprooted and planted in the sea, so it would be.  Since then, I’ve been consulted by many— “how do I get as much faith as you?” My answer is always the same. Faith, like me, needs to be nurtured, cared for and attended to, or it can quickly become forgotten. I don’t try to be an appleseed or a bumblebee, I respond as a mustard seed and I bear the fruit of a mustard seed.  If you, too, respond as a disciple of Jesus, you will bear the fruit of a disciple of Jesus.

Your friend,

The Mustard Seed