In high school, I was cast in the musical “Godspell” by Stephen Schwartz. The musical is structured around a series of parables based on the Gospel of Matthew. The parable I was chosen to memorize and perform was Jesus’ story of the mustard seed:
“The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.” (Matt: 13:31-32)
As I have grown into adulthood, I have interpreted this to mean that even the smallest act of generosity can grow into something far beyond our imagination. Each good deed performed in our lifetime grows to form a community of love and helps God build the kingdom of heaven. We bring God’s kingdom of peace, unity and love to a world faced with hostility, division and conflict. In fact, charitable giving is exactly what we are called to do as Catholics – preach the Gospel of Christ in word and action.
So today, I ask you to invest your “mustard seed” into what Catholic Mobilizing Network hopes to grow into a tree of new life. Consider a one-time or recurring donation today. CMN lifts up the Catholic voice to end the death penalty but the fruits of our labor will not ripen without your help. I know our collaboration will be one of divine intervention and we will walk side-by-side to proclaim the Church’s unconditional pro-life teaching and promote restorative justice.
This article was featured in CMN’s August 2014 newsletter.