“Amen, I say to you, if you have faith the size of a
mustard seed, you will say to this mountain,‘Move from here
to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for
Thank heaven no one demands that Catholics believe the Bible literally
or I’d have a hard time clinging to even the “mustard
seed” of faith that I possess. We can read passages like this
quote from Matthew figuratively and try to discern Jesus’
underlying lesson without expecting Mt. Everest to change locations.
Faith demands a surrender that strong-willed, highly educated people
like me often find difficult including acceptance of truths that
cannot be fully explained in rational terms and trusting in the
mercy and love of a God we cannot prove with absolute certainty
Yet conversely, I believe because NOT believing seems even less
logical. So I pray “Lord I believe, help thou my unbelief.”
As if to affirm the instinct to believe, God sends us personal reminders
of the power of faith, often when we need them most.
Years ago, I adopted my son from Mother Teresa’s Missionaries
of Charity understanding that we would get no information about
his background and there were no guarantees about health, intelligence
etc.. It was the closest thing to a pure act of faith I would ever
Mountains may not have moved but a mountain in my heart did. Today
my son is a wonderful young man.
I think of other examples. As I sit in my Omaha home writing this,
I know that eventually thousands of people all over the world will
read these words, illogical as that might seem. Hey! I’m no
theologian. I teach journalism at a medium-sized university in the
What began as an in-house “mustard seed” to promote
spirituality during Lent now miraculously touches lives worldwide
365 days a year.
Do I hear a mountain moving?