6He replied, “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you.
Luke 17:6

Jesus tells us that real faith is very powerful. He is indicating that for most of us, it is not more faith but substantial, true faith that is needed. He teaches that faith “as small as a mustard seed” can accomplish amazing things.

Many struggle with their faith, wanting to believe more fully, but held back by the constraints of society and the many competing priorities we face. Like His followers, we may ask for more faith. Jesus answers today as He did then – a little authentic faith will go a long way.

Perhaps what we are asking is “Lord, deepen our faith”, and again Jesus will tell us that it is up to us to strengthen our relationship with God. Since the very beginning, God has been waiting with open arms to welcome us and to prove that our faith in Him is never misplaced.

Loving Lord, we ask You to do things for which we are responsible. Help us to see our obligation and accept the relationship You offer us in faith. Amen.

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