Mass Readings: Jeremiah 13:1-11/Matthew 13:31-35

Bountiful Gift

A college boyfriend gave me a plastic charm with a mustard seed inside. I didn’t much care for the gift, so when I accidentally spilled acid on it in chemistry class, I didn’t mind watching the plastic dissolve. The boy had enclosed a romantic note with the gift, explaining our love would grow like the mustard seed. Had I known more about the mustard plant, I might not have been so cavalier with this well-intended gift.

In today’s Gospel, Jesus compares the kingdom of heaven to a mustard seed. Only recently did I learn that mustard plants grow and grow and grow. They’re wildly prolific. One small seed can provide abundant shelter for birds; create spice for numerous dishes; and beautify a landscape. And to think, we are part of that Kingdom.

Prayer: Lord of abundance, thank You for making room for all of us in your Kingdom.