Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings:    Ezekiel 17:22-24;    2 Corinthians 5:6-10;     Mark 4:26-34

I read a story this week about a family that went to the Dollar Store for get some needed items for their weekend getaway.

While in the Dollar Store one of the children picked up a packet of little cartoon character things that would turn into BIG towels when you added water.

The father thought, “Don’t you need a towel to be dry when you are wet?  Who wants a towel that only gets big when you first get it wet?  How is this trinket measuring one inch going to change itself into a towel one could actually use for their body?”

To say the least the father was very skeptical.  But then again, who says no to something like that when it is only a dollar?

Well you can probably guess what happened — it worked!

Today, we hear the story of the little mustard seed.

When something is small it can very often deceive people into believing its power is small as well.  But just like the Parable of Jesus today, the mustard seed, when planted and watered, becomes a large plant.

Our everyday actions may sometimes seem small, but they can have great power to make a difference, even change lives.

Our actions and words can be like mustard seeds, they get planted in the lives of others, and they grow the kingdom of God.

If we think about it:

+ we have all seen the effects of a loving word or a caring gesture

+ we have seen how giving small amounts of our time, talent and

treasure can change attitudes, emotions and the lives of others.

Jesus, tried to teach us about this in today’s Parable.  If you still don’t get it, stop by the local Dollar Store.  Examples of SMALL things that make a bid difference are only a buck!

But above all, may we continue to work at being and becoming:  “People of the Mustard Seed!”