Theresa Wiggs—Notre Dame Associate
This week, in our first Reading, Ezekiel proclaimed our Lord’s words in these images: a weak cedar sapling grows strong on a mountain top, tall trees becoming low, low trees rise, strong trees wither, and withering trees produce fruit. These powerful images remind us of our dependence on our loving God's help and guidance. When we are "weak" enough to accept God's help, we too can do great things.
This lesson is helpful as I work too with my friends that are Sudanese refugees. Finding affordable housing is a big challenge, so I am reminded to ask God to guide my efforts.
In the Letter to the Corinthians we are called to rely less on “the body” and more on faith. Sometimes we must see past the obvious to see what God has in store for us. If we truly, “walk by faith and not by sight”, we leave our eyes and hearts open to God’s will.
Mark’s Gospel this week has Jesus speaking in parables of seeds scattered and grown. The tiny mustard seed grows into a large, strong plant with branches capable of offering shelter. I have always loved this imagery. As we are in nature this week, let us look at each tree and shrub with new eyes. When we are faced with a challenge, let us remember, a ‘mustard seed’ of faith or love can grow, and grow, and grow, when nurtured with faith in God.