Then the disciples came to Jesus in private and asked, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?”
He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.
Matthew 17: 19 – 21
Relax, no need to rush off and take out a gym membership or join a bodybuilding class in order to be able to ‘move mountains’! We are not meant to take this literally. This is a Jewish phrase which would be used in the way that, for example, we might say when we lift a young child, “He/she weighs a ton!” Of course, the child doesn’t actually weigh a ton! Jesus was meaning that if we have faith/trust all difficulties can be overcome and the hardest task accomplished.
During the past year we have seen more of this kind thing happening. There have been more heroes in 2020 than perhaps ever before. Like the man who works in a Food Bank and kept on working even after his wife had died of Covid, delivering hundreds of food parcels. Or the man who ran thirty-one marathons in thirty-one days to raise money for charity. And of course, there is Captain Sir Tom Moore and his walking achievement. Yes, and there are all the healthcare workers we used to applaud every week. So many mountains moved!
When the song of the Angels is stilled,
when the star in the sky is gone,
when the kings and princes are home,
when the shepherds are back with their flocks,
The work of Christmas begins:
to find the lost,
to heal the broken,
to feed the hungry,
to release the prisoner,
to rebuild the nations,
to bring peace to the people,
to make music in the heart. (Source unknown)
Action: Are there obstacles that face you this year, difficulties to be overcome? With God’s help nothing is impossible.