A mustard seed is just a little thing. But it can grow into a large shrub where the birds of the air build their nests. A thought is a small thing, like a mustard seed. But a small thought can lead to something very big.
The ancient Egyptians had a thought, “Ah, a pyramid.” And today we can still gaze upon these amazing wonders of the world. The ancient Chinese had a thought, “Ah, a wall.” And the Great Wall of China became a wonder that is still standing today. Michelangelo had a thought, “Ah, a likeness of David!” And out of a block of marble came a magnificent and much admired statue.” These all began with a thought.
With the Department of Defense and the military-industrial complex we have thousands of people thinking about and planning for war. How about establishing a Department of Peace where people think about and make plans for peace?
In one of the United Nations organization’s constitution we read, “Since wars begin in the minds of people, it is in the minds of people that the defenses of peace must be constructed.”
Thoughts are little things, but they have power. Thoughts lead to action. Thoughts place before our eyes a goal. Thoughts focus our attention. Thoughts mobilize our energy. And then our bodies and emotions go to work.
Norman V. Peale said, “Change your thoughts and you can change the world.” To pray “Thy kingdom come” is to ask the Lord to direct our thoughts to justice, peace and love. Then our actions will follow so that on earth “His will is done.”
Fr. Alan Phillip, C.P. is a member of the Passionist Community at Mater Dolorosa Retreat Center, Sierra Madre, California. http://www.alanphillipcp.com/