30 “What shall we say the Kingdom of God is like?” asked Jesus. “What parable shall we use to explain it? 31 It is like this. A man takes a mustard seed, the smallest seed in the world, and plants it in the ground. 32 After a while it grows up and becomes the biggest of all plants. It puts out such large branches that the birds come and make their nests in its shade.”
Our diocesan Schools Service is in St Edmundsbury Cathedral this afternoon. It’s going to be a grand and colourful affair. Please remember us as we celebrate this vibrant part of our life and mission, and pray for our children, staff, governors and parents in they are challenged again to life in faith, hope and love together. Mustard seeds are being given out as a symbol of that challenge: I wonder what will grow?
Read on if you’re interested to find out about the Challenge and perhaps join in.
I have a mustard seed, and I’m not afraid to use it!
Pope Benedict XVI
Your mustard seed is small, hard and looks like it could be dead. But put it in touch with warmth and water and it will spring to life. Let’s help each other grow in God. He’s the one who is growing his “kingdom” – the world put right. We need roots of faith into his life and love if our own life to flourish, as children or schools. We’re family together and we all belong!
If you put your mustard seed in the right place, it’ll soon start to grow. But it will need some love from you. We were never meant to go it alone. Let’s help each other grow well – being “gardeners for God”, so that every child, and every school becomes the best it can be. We’re family together and if we share, even our small schools can grow amazing shoots and have hope for the future.
Your mustard seed will make a great plant when it grows and produce lots more seeds to flavour our food. The mustard seeds in Jesus’ time were a bit different and could grow a whole tree that birds could nest in! Let’s help each other grow fruit that does good. And we’re the fruit. It’s all about loving others just like God loves us, and not just sticking up for ourselves. It’s the same for us as kids, adults or schools. And the more we help others, the better we’ll become ourselves. We’re family together, and together we can make a real difference for good. We can help God’s kingdom come!
And it all begins with a little mustard seed of faith that says to God, count me in, I’m on board. Pope Benedict said, “I have a mustard seed, and I’m not afraid to use it!” That’s the challenge. Let’s do it!
The Schools’ Prayer
Lord Jesus Christ, King of our life story, Help us to grow in learning your love. Lord Jesus Christ, Light of our life story, Help us to grow in sharing your love. Lord Jesus Christ, Hope of our life story, Help us to grow in taking your love day by day to a world in need. Amen.