Parable of the Mustardseed (Matthew 13:31-32)

Not cute and familiar praise
of tiny things,
generic acorn wisdom.

There are so many tiny things
we do not want to grow –
a cancer cell, a child shamed,
an angry word, a lonely day,
“one more little drink for the road,”
one extra minute for an old person
sitting in a soiled Depend,
one razor cut on a wrist,
one bet, a small skid on icy highway,
gluten where there should be none,
a text or email written in haste,
a schoolyard bully’s gesture.

Jesus compares faith to this tiny thing
a mustardseed,
which grows into a place
where birds can nest.

That’s the community, the kindom –
a place that welcomes people,

(and then gives them at yeast
a loaf of bread).

Later Jesus says of this faith –
welcoming branches on a shrub —
that it moves mountains.

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2 Responses to Parable of the Mustardseed (Matthew 13:31-32)

  1. Betsy says:

    Perfect!! Thank you!

  2. Maren says:

    thanks so much!

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