11th Sunday Ordinary Time Year B

The parable of the mustard seed was a reply to the question: could the kingdom really grow from such humble beginnings?

It seems that what life intends to be great it first makes small.

Many great things and undertakings begin in small and often hidden ways.

For example, a building begins with one brick on another, a book begins with one word on a page, a song or symphony with the first note, a journey with a single step, a forest fire from a single spark, a giant oak from an acorn, a huge river from a tiny spring, a lifelong friendship from a chance encounter.

Things that have a certain integrity and truth always seem to start from humble beginnings.

Seeds need the darkness, isolation, and cover of the earth in order to germinate.

Therefore, for something to begin small, hidden, anonymous, is in fact an advantage.

It means it can develop away from publicity.

There are no pressures.

No burden of expectations.

It can develop at its own pace.

There is no hurry. Hurry ruins many things.

Hence the importance of beginnings, of taking care of things in their beginnings.

If you wish the adult to turn out well, then take good care of the child.

The true savour of life is not gained from big things, rather from little ones.

To sample a wine the taster needs only a sip.

The famous Dutch artist Vincent Van Gogh, once said, “The only thing that accumulates, in the long run, is the meagre work of every day.”

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