Connecting Point

Connecting Point: June 16, 2024

Who you are today is the result of many people who have shaped you—parents, friends, mentors. While countless individuals have influenced you, sometimes a singular small moment or opportunity stands out as pivotal.

In this Sunday’s Gospel, we hear the parable of the mustard seed: “When it is sown in the ground, it is the smallest of all the seeds on the earth. But once it is sown, it springs up and becomes the largest of plants and puts forth large branches.”

I remember my own “mustard seed” moment. In 8th grade at my Catholic school, my music teacher, recognizing my musical talent, invited me to play the piano at school Masses. She mentored me and allowed me to sub for weekend Masses. As a 14-year-old, I felt honored and my confidence soared because of her trust in me. Without her encouragement, I might not have pursued a path in music, leading to degrees and a career in the field. This small “mustard seed” moment transformed my life, helping me to “spring up” and extend my branches into the music and church world.

I think about how crazy it sounds to hire a 14-year-old for a professional role, but someone gave me that opportunity. If I see potential, talent, and heart in another young person, I need to remember to give them the same chance that was given to me.

What was that moment or who was that person for you? It’s important to reflect on those who provided opportunities because remembering them can inspire us to be open to giving others their own “mustard seed” moments. Be someone else’s mustard seed.

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