It is said that a little kindness goes a long way. It may be one of the reasons why Pope Francis has captured the world’s imagination. He seems like kind man. There are other things that in small amounts make a big difference. Hot sauce, for example. It does not take much of the smell of skunk to make a big difference. But certain things, little tiny amounts, make a big difference. Small things can have great impact.
Such is part of the message of today’s gospel reading. Small tiny mustard seeds can become shrubs that are like large trees. A small package of yeast can cause a whole loaf of bread to rise. When it comes to the kingdom of God only a small amount of openness is needed for great things to happen.
Sometimes in the spiritual life, we make the mistake of thinking that for authentic spiritual growth to occur we must do unbelievably difficult or challenging things. We must go on this long retreat, or seek out someone who was tremendously spiritually gifted, or spend hours every day in some aspect of prayer.