In the gospel story today we hear the parable of the Kingdom of Heaven being compared to a mustard seed. It is the smallest of seeds that results in a large bush for the birds to dwell. We also hear about the yeast mixing with flour. Having the faith of a mustard seed reminds me of the lyrics by Leonard Cohen in his song Anthem: “There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.” God only needs a little faith, a little yeast, a little crack or a little opening to get in and open our hearts wide.

When is the last time you invited Jesus to grow your faith into a bush or noticed the light shining through your cracks and wounds?  Today, I invite you to take a moment to reflect and notice how God is using your little bit of faith or your small or large cracks to show you how much you are loved. But don’t stop there. How is God calling you, then, to channel the love of Christ to the world?

—Amy Hoover, spiritual director and a frequent spiritual writer, is Director of the Creighton University Retreat Center, located in Griswold, IA.