The tiny seed of faith

– Monday of the 32nd Week of Ordinary Time –

The apostles said to the Lord, ‘Increase our faith.’ [Luke 17:4]

In the gospel today we see the apostles ask Jesus for an increase in faith. Jesus had just warned them to be on guard not to stumble and fall so the apostles, aware of their weaknesses and struggles, turn to Jesus to plea for an increase in faith.

Rather than answering them, Jesus responds: “If you had faith as a grain of mustard seed, you could say to this sycamore tree, ‘Be rooted up, and be planted in the sea’, and it would obey you” (Luke 17:6). The mustard seed is the tiniest of seeds and yet Jesus says that with the smallest seed of faith, which is real and authentic, the impossible can happen.  The tiny seed of faith has so much potential. 

Jesus also reminds the apostles that it is God who does everything – not us.  It is not our strength that makes faith powerful – it is the One who we have faith in, our all-powerful God. God can achieve wonders through our action. 

Today, let us allow God to plant a little seed of faith deep in our hearts.  Let this be a faith that has the deepest trust in God.  Let us pray for the ability to grow and react to situations with our heart and mind tuned to God’s love, a love and faith that has unlimited possibilities!

By Lisa McKerr

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