The Mustard Seed Tree


Jesus said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it?  It is like a mustard seed, which when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.”  (Mark 4:30-32. NRSV).

We live in a society in which the greater our achievement, the more attention we get.  It is not enough to be where we are.  We have to gain more, do more, be more, own more.

In this parable, Jesus tells us that just by putting the smallest effort forward in faith, God can do things in and through us that draws wandering souls into the joy of God’s presence to look at and consider settling into a new spiritual home.

Contemplative prayer and centering prayer only require a little bit of faith, and God will do the rest.  In the calm of interior silence, letting all our thoughts go by us and becoming detached from them; we are able to receive in faith the presence of God in abundance and beauty.  Through the experience of contemplation, we are drawn into a deeper relationship with God, when God gives us God’s perspective through which we are enlightened, inspired and renewed in grace.  The mystical experience we have in God’s holy presence, makes the love of God so real, so wonderful and so plentiful; that no human words, expressions or explanations are adequate.  Yet, the effect it has on our lives is so amazingly powerful, that wandering souls will want to know why we are a little bit calmer, kinder and less stressed by life.  In other words, the Kingdom of God is already here, but not yet.  But, it is one awesome beatific vision.


Br. Anselm Philip King-Lowe, n/OSB

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