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“Tiny Seeds” by Leonidas Aliaga, Fiat Ventures


“Tiny Seeds” by Leonidas Aliaga, Fiat Ventures

Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Have you ever learned something as a little kid that came in handy later in life?  Maybe your grandpa used to sit with you at the piano when you were a toddler, letting you bang on the keys until you tired yourself out.  And then that seed he planted turned into a great love of music in your life, and now you’re writing songs and playing in the Battle of the Bands at school.  Or maybe your mom made you take swimming lessons as a kid, and now you work at a summer camp teaching swimming lessons to children with special needs.  There are so many things in life that start out as a small seed planted, but later grow into something we never expected.

One of those things for me was speaking Spanish.  My family is from Peru but I was born in the States. I was a stubborn child who did not want to learn my family’s language. So my Spanish was never that great, and I ended up taking Spanish in high school. My freshmen year I was taking a cumulative final for Spanish. I looked through the whole exam and had come to the conclusion that I was in big trouble. I had not studied much and therefore when I looked at all of the questions, I got anxious. I remember putting my head on my desk and the next thing you know, I was sleeping.

Fortunately I woke up from my accidental nap, but now I had even more of a time crunch.  I looked over the test again, but this time I started to remember some of the answers.  Maybe it was adrenaline, or maybe I had a dream during my nap that I don’t remember where I became “fluent in Spanish”, but either way I ended up acing the test!  I knew that deep down the seed of speaking Spanish my family had planted in me was still there, and all I needed to do was water it and be confident.  After that, I started to develop a renewed interest in learning it, and now I can barely remember when I wasn’t fluent in Spanish.

One seed many of us have deep down that we often forget about is the seed of faith.  Maybe it was put there by our parents, grandparents, a Religious Education teacher, or a priest.  Whether we’ve experienced any growth over the years or not, the important thing to remember is that it’s never too late.  Even if we look around and see others whose faith has grown into a magnificent tree, we shouldn’t get discouraged but should remember that we can have that same faith too.  All we need to do is water the seed.

So how do we go about that?  We need to pray every day.  We need to go to Mass every Sunday.  We need to surround ourselves with those who will support us as we try to grow in our faith.  And all along the way, we should remember those who planted the seed in us.  We can look to them as examples, and we can pray for them to continue growing as well.  You never know when one day it might just “click” for you, like it did for me during my Spanish final.  I pray that your faith will “spring up and become the largest of plants and put forth large branches, so that the birds of the sky can dwell in its shade!”

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