Saturday 12 March 2021

Mountains and Molehills


Jesus spoke the following parable to some people who prided themselves on being virtuous and despised everyone else: ‘Two men went up to the Temple to pray, one a Pharisee, the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood there and said this prayer to himself, “I thank you, God, that I am not grasping, unjust, adulterous like the rest of mankind, and particularly that I am not like this tax collector here. I fast twice a week; I pay tithes on all I get.” The tax collector stood some distance away, not daring even to raise his eyes to heaven; but he beat his breast and said, “God, be merciful to me, a sinner.” This man, I tell you, went home again at rights with God; the other did not. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the man who humbles himself will be exalted.’.

LUKE 18:9-14


How easy it is for us to make a mountain out of a molehill – when a small disagreement can turn into a tumultuous argument, or when we get obsessed and upset by something small and mildly irritating whilst plain sailing through the larger things which surround us! Yes, making a mountain out of a molehill comes easy to many of us.

God, too, is the God who makes a mountain out of a molehill but not in such a negative or destructive way – rather in a beautifully creative way . “Who dares despise the day of small things?” we are asked by God through the prophet Joel. Just think of some of the people in Holy Scripture whom God has chosen and you’ll find so many examples of small and seemingly insignificant people. Like David, the runt of the family. Moses, the abandoned baby. Matthew, the despised Tax Collector. Zacchaeus – so small he has to climb a tree to see over the crowds. Or the young Mary – the handmaid and servant of the Lord who humbly accepts God’s plan for her and the world.

Yes, God makes a mountain out of the molehill of their lives. He sees in them what others cannot see. He transforms their littleness so that they can achieve great things. “Everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the man who humbles himself will be exalted,” said Jesus. Let’s not worry too much about those who appear to be more powerful and influential than us. Perhaps we can just enjoy being a molehill today! It seems to be what God likes.


God our Father, let pride not stand in my way, nor my need for power and position. Help me to be humble, so that the molehill of my life can give glory to you. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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