Mark, Chapter 13

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Jesus Tells Believers to Emulate the Mustard Seed 

31Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field: 32Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof.”  (Matthew 13:31-32)

The “Parable of the Mustard Seed” compares the Kingdom of Heaven to a seed of mustard: though small at first, it has the potential to grow considerably and become a large plant. Similarly, a small group of believers can multiply and gain influence if their commitment to their faith remains unwavering. Just like the mustard plant, which grows quickly and fills fields with its bright, yellow foliage, we too must learn to bloom collectively and enhance our surroundings by combining our talents. Just as the tiny mustard seed struggles to survive and unlock its potential, we too must be strong and fight to uphold our faith.

Diligence is the consistent series of choices we make to engage in spiritual work – to act, do, learn, and achieve more.