November 13, 2013: Houses for a Tree

~ by Mary Galvano

If you have ever looked at a mustard seed you will notice how tiny it is. In fact it is only 1 or 2 mm in diameter. Now that is small! Yet, it grows to be the biggest of all garden plants. As a clever child once put it a seed is a house for a tree. Our faith is like a mustard seed and it is within this house that faith is nourished and grows.

Seeds in order to grow need proper care and constant looking after. With proper care even the smallest amount of faith can grow to be the largest. Jesus said, Because you have so little faith. In truth I tell you, if your faith is 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 you. Matthew 17; 20

In current times we hear that faith is on a decline and the world is drawn more and more by the influence of secularism. This influence is affecting the lives of many Christians. Christians are pushing aside faith to live as they want, or live in what they believe is so-called freedom. They think the Church should not interfere with their personal matters.  How people are living is a reflection on their faith. This lack of faith is what’s hurting the world. Faith must be a part of our world. It cannot be just thought, but lived! Still people are hurting and don’t know where to go. They want to see instead of just believing. Corinthians 5:7 – we walk by faith, not by sight.

When there is turmoil such as in the Philippines where recently a typhoon killed over 10,000 people strong faith is needed. Faith in the resurrection is what gets us through difficult times. We can face tomorrow knowing there is a greater life after this one on Earth. Life is worth living even when we face the “storms” that hit us. Of course, I by no means like tragedies but I do love however the way that they can bring people together. We remember that we are a human race born of God with souls and we forget our differences. Wouldn’t it be nice if the world were always like this?

We can all be houses for trees of faith by nourishing our spiritual lives every day and walking the path of the will of God. Soon with proper care and lots of patience our houses will grow to be strong beautiful trees with deep roots and strong branches that people can climb all over and never fall down. We have the tools to make our faith grow we just need to use them.

This meditation from Thoughts in Solitude by Thomas Merton (1915-68) is a beautiful prayer of faith:

My Lord God,
I have no idea where I am going.
I do not see the road ahead of me.
I cannot know for certain where it will end.
Nor do I really know myself,
And the fact that I think I am following your will
Does not mean that I am actually doing so.
But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you.
And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing.
I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire.
And I know that if I do this
you will lead me by the right road
though I may know nothing about it.
Therefore I will trust you always
Though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death.
I will not fear, for you are ever with me,
And you will never leave me to face my perils alone.

I would like to dedicate a song of hope to the people and all creation affected by the catastrophe of Typhoon Haiyan. It is a prayer to Mother Mary for her intercession and motherly love called Requiem, originally written for the Tsunami in Japan 2011.

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Mary Galvano-Bajohr is a singer/songwriter, LPGA golf instructor, speaker and author. On the golf course she is a dedicated professional, but go to a Yankee game, a Pro-life event or other venue and you just might see her step up to the microphone and sing the National Anthem or the Ave Maria.

Visit Mary’s website at www.marygalvano.com.

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