"Although it is the smallest of all seeds, yet it grows into the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and nest in its branches.”… Matthew 13: 31-32
So how does that happen? Do you want to be like the mustard seed and grow beyond what you ever thought possible?
Some may think the answer is to love the Lord with all your heart, mind, soul and strength. And that is a good answer and highly important. But, I heard a very wise man say, " it is not of primary importance."
Others may say, "It is to love your neighbor as yourself." "But that is not of primary importance either," he said.
Although they are the two greatest commandments the Lord gave us, first things first. To grow like a mustard seed he proclaimed, "is to first accept the love of the Lord."
"Could it be that simple," you ask. Yes! That's the mustard seed of faith.
It is the primacy of acceptance, that is my acceptance that God loves me in Christ Jesus--to acknowledge and accept what has already been achieved by Christ Jesus.
If you want to open up and receive more of this grace of acceptance, just ask for it. Pray, "Lord, give me more. Help me to fully accept the love of the Lord for myself." And trust like a child he has heard you. Expect the grace.
Don't forget the God who has saved you. Remember all he has done for you. And you will grow and blossom like a small mustard seed.
Reflections by Fr. Paul Murray/Spiritual Advisor to Mother Teresa