by Zackary K. Phagoo
A FAITH BUILDING LESSON- “If you have Faith the size of a mustard seed nothing is impossible for you” Matthew 17:20.
FAITH is like planting a seed. The First Communion Class of St. Benedict’s RC La Romaine began their faith journey many months ago. They compared the growth of their faith to that of a seed which they planted and nurtured by providing conditions necessary for growth: soil rich in minerals, water, sunshine. They also weeded the soil and kept records in their journals pertinent to the growth of the seedling.
For most students, caring for their plant deepened their understanding of FAITH. When seedlings were distributed, students could not tell what plant they were given. Many guessed, was it a pepper seedling, a pea or an ochro? They eventually found out by planting and caring for the seedling. “Faith is evidence of things not seen”. Students were able to compare, that the preparation of the soil for the plant was similar to finding a place for Jesus in their hearts. Keeping the commandments was likened to keeping the soil free of weeds for the plant to grow well. Praying daily was similar to the daily watering of the plant and reading the scriptures was like the sunlight the plant was exposed to. It was fascinating to be a part of this faith journey and the excitement generated from this project. It was evident that the children understood that the nurturing of their faith opens their hearts to joy and happiness just like nurturing the plant allows it to blossom into the beautiful and awesome plant it was intended to be.
WEEK 1 – 6th April, 2019
Today I received my plant. I have decided to call him Tony Stark after my favorite character, Iron Man .Tony Stark is very small with a few leaves. I plan to take good care of him.
WEEK 3-27th April, 2019
Tony has grown .He is now 4 inches tall with more leaves. Over the past few weeks, my mom helped me to transplant him into a bigger pot. Each day I water him when I get home.
WEEK 6-8th May, 2019
Tony is now 7 inches tall. He has more leaves and his leaves are much bigger also.
WEEK 9-8th June
Tony has really grown. He is 15 inches tall and his leaves are HUGE! The largest leaves are the same size as my hand!
WEEK 12-29th June, 2019
Tony Stark is 16 inches tall. His leaves have grown even bigger. He now has 4 little white flowers. I’m not sure what type of pepper he will bear but I can’t wait to find out.