Saturday, February 2, 2008

The Mustard Tree

I'm not sure what a mustard seed or tree is in Tagalog.

Maybe it is similar to the the 'buto ng malunggay' which I mentioned in another post.
It is said that the leaves of the malunggay tree is very rich in nutrients, and is in fact recommended for pregnant women when cooked in 'tinola' soup. Various laboratory researches have confirmed that malunggay is a natural energy booster, strengthens the immune system, has antibiotic properties, cures headaches, migraines and ulcers, reduces arthritic pains and inflammations, and restricts tumor growths.
Almost every part of the malunggay tree has its own share of usefulness and value.

It is a sturdy tree, and yes, it does provide a haven for the birds of the air as well.

Going back to the parable of the mustard seed (Mk 4:30; Mt 13:32), I believe the tree refers to the church. Not an "invisible" church, or a church whose members enclose themselves in their chapels or little communities spending all their energies working for "their" church. Rather a tree that everyone will recognize that is good and full of life. A church that immerses itself in the realities of life, with organized Christian communities that feeds and shelters the poor, helps the oppressed, protects the children, heals the sick, comforts the bereaved, cares for the elderly, and fights for morality and justice.
A church whose every part is useful and fruitful.

That is a sturdy church, and yes, it does provide a spiritual haven for the faithful as well.

Much like the malunggay tree.

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