Faith as Small as a Mustard Seed

First Reading: 2 Sm 1:1-4a, 5-10a, 13-17
Psalm: Ps 51:3-4, 5-6a, 6bcd-710-11
Gospel: Mk 4:26-34

We may consider the two readings today as quite contrasting. We may
find in the first reading – David committing adultery – as an act
that may make us lose hope with David because up to this point, he
was a strong and loyal follower of God.

The Gospel reading, however, gives us renewed hope when Jesus
declares that even a person with faith as small as a mustard seed
can achieve great things for the glory of God.

Perhaps we can say that the readings today bring out the fundamental
nature of humans. Being human means to realize that we are
imperfect creatures no matter how intelligent, talented, or morally
upright we consider ourselves to be. As humans, we are prone to
temptation and sometimes fall into the trap of sin.

At the same time, despite all our human imperfections, worldly
pressures and temptations, we as human beings stand tall and pure in
the light of God even if we possess only a little faith in Jesus.
Faith is after all, not only about believing and acting as we do so
as disciples of Christ, but also asking God for pardon for our
transgressions and forgiving our neighbors for their own
weaknesses.

As humans, we may sometimes despair and lose hope especially when we
see evil things happening in the world. But as human beings, we
find hope in the good that we see through the hearts of others—the
good that comes from Jesus who works through our faith in Him.

POINTS TO PONDER
At what stage is my spiritual growth? Is my faith enough to make me
step forward to a deeper stage of growth with Christ?

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