Mustard Seed Faith Is Enough
In today’s gospel, the disciples came to Jesus, and they said, “Increase our faith” (v.5), and we will work wonders, implying that their faith at the moment was so small they could not do the acts Jesus required of them. Jesus in response to their request neither promises nor gives them any more faith. He tells them, “Start with the little you have and you will accomplish all you want.”
Jesus exposed in them, as he unmasks in us, one of the ways we use to escape our responsibilities as a committed Christian or what Pope Francis calls a missionary disciple. We can’t pray because we don’t have enough faith; we can’t be charitable and reach out to the poor because we are too busy; we can’t be advocates for justice and work for social change because we feel overwhelmed and powerless; we cannot forgive because we are too hurt and so on.
Jesus objects “Don’t speak like that, work with what you have. Even if your faith is like the tiniest of seeds—a mustard seed—you will work wonders.”
Jesus message is clear to us today—mustard seed faith is enough. You do not need any more faith than you have. Just use the faith you have, and it will suffice to face your current challenge!
Sister Terry Rickard, O.P.