Connecting Point

Connecting Point: June 16, 2024

Who you are today is the result of the many people who have shaped you—parents, friends, mentors, etc. While these countless individuals have influenced you, sometimes a small, singular 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 “mustard seed” moment. In 8th grade, my music teacher, recognizing my musical talent, invited me to play the piano at school Masses. She mentored me and also allowed me to substitute during weekend Masses. As a 14-year-old, I was 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 worlds.

Now, 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 provide them with the same chance I was given.

What was that moment, or who was that person for you? It’s important to reflect on those who have provided opportunities because remembering them can inspire us to give others their own “mustard seed” moments.