Fr. Rick’s Two Minute Homily for Monday, 17th Week in Ordinary Time
July 31, 2023, Matthew 13:31-35
Sometimes Little Is the Best!
Some years ago, I had my shoulder replaced. I remember waking up after the operation, and a nurse smiled at me and said, “Press this little button when you feel any pain but don’t wait until he gets too severe.” I realized that a little dab will do you. So, I did press that little button, and the morphine felt so good.
Of course, the doctor prescribed pain medication for me when I got home. That little pill is so tiny, and I laughed, thinking, “What in the world does that little thing do with this amount of pain? It is so small!
Of course, I laughed at myself because that little pill did the trick. I knew then and still do now, don’t judge something by its size. And that’s what Jesus is telling us in today’s gospel. One tiny little mustard seed and one small pinch of yeast in a measure of flour can do something remarkable that we can’t even imagine. Our faith is like that mustard seed.
The power of faith comes from the Lord Jesus, in whom we place our trust. He is letting us know that the size of our faith does not matter. It can be as small as a mustard seed. However, the One in whom we place our faith matters greatly.
Try a pinch of unconditional love in your flour and watch the Lord Jesus go to work.
Fr. Rick Pilger, IC