The Parable of the Tree

The Parable of the Tree

Deborah Beach Giordano
© September 24 2010

Luke 17:5-6

The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!”

Jesus replied, “If you had faith the size of a mustard seed,
you could tell this mulberry tree to transplant itself to
the ocean floor, and it would obey you.”

I wonder –
not to criticize our Lord –
but it seems to me
that almost-aquatic tree
should be
something other
than a mulberry.

Which I’ve never seen –
as far as I know –
and couldn’t pick
out of a line-up,
or identify
in field or forest.

I’d prefer
a different sort:
an apple, a cherry,
a redwood, an oak,
a pine or an aspen,
a willow or a birch;
a tree we see
every day –
and one we’d know
on sight.

Its presence
would remind us
of Jesus’ Promise –
and our response:
to lovingly,
devoutly,
grow
into
a likeness
of Him;

a vibrant green
proclamation
of the need
to be grounded
in our faith,
rooted
in Christ’s teachings,
and sustained
by the bright
sparkling stream
of Living Water
that never runs dry.

And just as trees
in reaching up,
reach out
and touch
one another,
our love
will spread forth
and all
those in need
will find shelter
in our branches.

Strength,
vitality, comfort,
hope and nourishment;
constancy and new beginnings:
the Tree of Life grown
from a Gospel seed:
a whole new world
of possibility
from
a tiny
bit
of
faith.

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I am a struggling Christian, committed pacifist, near-obsessive recycler, incurable animal lover, inveterate tree-hugger; a nature mystic, a socialized introvert, an advocate for the vulnerable, an opponent of exploiters.
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