Quite silly, really;
the notion of trees being uprooted
and planted in the sea because of faith.
Wouldn’t do anything for the environment.
The meaning of the teaching, therefore,
is clearly not in the literal;
so it must lie somewhere else.
How much faith does a person need
to successfully negotiate through life?
A mustard seed’s worth? Hardly;
with that amount we’d all be showing-off
and the oceans would be full of wasted metaphors.
No, a lump of faith as little as half a mustard seed,
or a quarter, that will be enough:
probably still too much. God
will do the rest. “Make our faith greater!”
the disciples request. “No need,” says Jesus.
“You’ve already got plenty. Enough
to do great things in my name. Enough
to serve and give and love. Enough
to tread the paths of the kingdom. Enough
to turn the world upside down. Of course,
you might want to get together.”
© Ken Rookes