Mustard Seed

He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” – Matthew 17:20

Currently, I am watching a British TV Series from the 1960s called The Saint.  This show chronicled the adventures of Simon Templar – The Saint.  It was based on the books by Leslie Charteris and starred Roger Moore.  A typical episode has Simon Templar getting involved with and/or helping someone out who is in trouble.

In the episode, that I am writing about today – “The Pearls of Peace” (season 1, episode 6), Simon is telling the viewers a story about a friend who goes to Mexico looking for pearls.  We find out that the friend, Brad after being conned and left for dead, is still alive and blind.  Templar goes to Mexico to look for him and finds Brad living with a woman Consuela.

Consuela has been taking care of Brad for the last three years and they have fallen in love with each other.  However, Brad has found out about an operation that might make him see again.  She tells Simon that she worried that when Brad sees her, he won’t love her any more.  After helping raise the money needed for the operation, Simon leaves Mexico and waits to hear from Consuela, who is beginning to feel hopeful that Brad will still love when he gets his eyesight back.

At the end of the episode, Simon sums up the story…

I think that when Brad sees Consuela, if he sees her, he won’t see merely the plains of light and shade that are caught with a camera.  He’ll see her with his caring…and that’s all that really matters.  It has something to do with beauty being in the eye of the beholder or being able to see the Kingdom of Heaven in a mustard seed.

A mustard seed is very small.  When you look at it with worldly eyes you don’t see much.  Jesus, however, wanted us to know that by just having a mustard seed sized faith, our eyes can see a lot more than just a mere mustard seed.  We can see the beauty in others, not as the world sees it in the plains of light and shade which can distort our vision but, in the way, Jesus does.

Being able to see more with our eyes of faith and caring enables us to do far more than we could ever think possible.  If we have the eyes of faith, then we will see the Kingdom of Heaven in a mustard seed.