In Mark's Gospel (chapter 4) Jesus tells a story about a mustard seed. Mustard seeds are tiny, but they grow into large plants. Jesus used the story to illustrate how the kingdom of God starts small and grows bigger. But the parable can also be applied to us. No matter how small in stature, or insignificant in life we may think we are, God can use us for big things. In fact, St. Paul says the same thing. "Consider your own calling, brothers. Not many of you were wise by human standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. Rather, God chose the foolish of the world to shame the wise, and God chose the weak of the world to shame the strong, and God chose the lowly and despised of the world, those who count for nothing, to reduce to nothing those who are something" (1 Corinthians 1:26-28).
Put yourself at God's disposal through prayer. Listen to him. Let him lead you in what he wants you to do. I assure you he has an assignment for you.
Many times I have heard people say that God cannot possibly love them. Scripture, however, tells us that is not true. God does love us. In fact, nothing can separate us from Christ's love. We may not feel Christ's love; we may not think we are worthy of his love; we may not think we deserve his love. He loves us anyway.
St. Paul, in his letter to the church in Rome, reflected on this very matter. "What will separate us from the love of Christ? Will anguish, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or the sword? No, in all these things we conquer overwhelmingly through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor present things, nor future things, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 8:35, 37-39
We may have done terrible things. God doesn't love the terrible things, but God loves us. His love endures forever. (Psalm 136) Rest in his love.
It is said that often when we think we are hungry we are really thirsty. Our bodies are actually thirsty, not hungry. If we were to drink a glass of water, we would be satisfied.
Our bodies (and spirits) are also thirsty for God. The Psalmist says, "My soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water." Another translation has it as, "My body pines for you like a dry, weary land without water." (Ps. 63:1)
Are you thirsty? God is the bottomless well from which we can drink our fill whenever we want. Prayer is the way to access the water in that well. Drink often. Drink deeply. There is always more.
I started this website and blog on May 1, 2012. I am a Catholic who has been in ministry for many years. I first developed what I would call a close relationship with Jesus in the early 1970s. Ever since then I have been praying with people for healing and other needs. It is because I have seen so many of these prayers answered that I am so bold as to offer to pray for you individually through this website and phone line.