February 20

Reflection

The mustard seed begins small and seemingly insignificant. It penetrates its surroundings, grows and maintains a positive influence disproportionate to its size. The tiny seed becomes a tree which provides for the needs of others. Even the birds come to live in it. Jesus compares this his understanding of  the reign of God. From small beginnings the world can be changed. From a handful of disciples there can grow a global movement. We are like seeds growing into the unity of a community where the poor are rich, where the color of one’s skin makes no difference, where all of God’s people gather and know that they are infinitely loved, and where the birds of the air join us to find a home where no one is a stranger. That is what the vision of God’s reign is like. It is like a mustard seed where from small beginnings we can be transformed into a glorious display of Holy Mystery in whom we live.

Prayer

May your reign transform the earth.

Action

Reflect on the power Jesus puts into the hands of individuals.
Can we really change the way things are?

Suggested Reading

To what shall we compare the kingdom of God?
It is like a mustard seed that is the smallest of all the seeds on the earth.
But once it is sown, it springs up and puts forth large branches,
so that the birds of the sky can dwell in its shade.
Mark 4:26-34

He replied, “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you.
Luke 17:6

The Kingdom of God is within you.
Luke 17:21

We must assess our thoughts and beliefs and reckon whether they are moving us closer to conformity to Christ or farther away from it.
John Ortberg

Christianity does not consist in any partial amendment of our lives, any particular moral virtues, but in an entire change of our natural temper, a life wholly devoted to God. William Law

Believers infiltrate the enemy’s territory with knowledge and power.
Sherry K. White

If we only had eyes to see and ears to hear and wits to understand, we would know that the Kingdom of God in the sense of holiness, goodness, beauty is as close as breathing and is crying out to born both within ourselves and within the world; we would know that the Kingdom of God is what we all of us hunger for above all other things even when we don’t know its name or realize that it’s what we’re starving to death for. The Kingdom of God is where our best dreams come from and our truest prayers. We glimpse it at those moments when we find ourselves being better than we are and wiser than we know. We catch sight of it when at some moment of crisis a strength seems to come to us that is greater than our own strength. The Kingdom of God is where we belong. It is home, and whether we realize it or not, I think we are all of us homesick for it.”
Frederick Buechner

It’s the action, not the fruit of the action, that’s important. You have to do the right thing. It may not be in your power, may not be in your time, that there’ll be any fruit. But that doesn’t mean you stop doing the right thing. You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result.”
Mahatma Gandhi

Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.
St. Catherine of Siena

The purpose of life is to contribute in some way to making things better.”
Robert F. Kennedy

Never forget that you are one of a kind. Never forget that if there weren’t any need for you in all your uniqueness to be on this earth, you wouldn’t be here in the first place. And never forget, no matter how overwhelming life’s challenges and problems seem to be, that one person can make a difference in the world. In fact, it is always because of one person that all the changes that matter in the world come about. So be that one person.
Richard Buckminster Fuller

I have one life and one chance to make it count for something… My faith demands that I do whatever I can, wherever I am, whenever I can, for as long as I can with whatever I have to try to make a difference.
Jimmy Carter

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