Did you ever imagine that a mustard seed was THAT small? And could you imagine that even if your faith was that small it would be able to uproot a mulberry tree? Faith doesn’t have to be of an enormous dimension in order to do “the impossible”. Faith just has to be faith. It has to be simply trust. In an article I read recently, I came across a very different explanation of what BLT stands for. Believe…Listen…Trust.
Jesus hits on something very important in this gospel. Just as with the other example he gives of the servant who has just finished doing the tasks he was supposed to do, the mustard seed example says the same thing. Don’t look for special thanks or praise because you do what you are supposed to do. Don’t look for special recognition because you have faith, live it out. It isn’t a question of increasing faith, according to the mustard seed example, but rather, it’s a question of BLT.
In this gospel, Jesus isn’t diminishing the importance of gratitude, giving thanks when thanks is due, or acknowledging something well done. He seems to be gently warning us against expectations we shouldn’t have because they aren’t warranted. Also, if we do something in order to be praised or acknowledged or recognized because it will make us feel good and the truth of the matter is that what we are doing doesn’t warrant that praise. Then, we are in danger of the truth of the mustard seed not working for us.
What we need is lots and lots of BLT.
-Sr. Patricia Brady
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