The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field; it is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches. (Matt. 13: 31–32)

I have always found this passage to be one of the most remarkable of all Jesus’ teachings. Over the last few decades, especially in the west, our world has tended toward an ultra-fast pace and too often people, and the organizations they are connected to, have desired large quick payoffs. The pressure has been for ever-increasing sales, more ...

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