In Praise of the Honey Bee

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In the August 19, 2013 issue of TIME Magazine, author Bryan Walsh wrote, “When you sit down to dinner tonight, offer a prayer of thanks for the honeybee. Because one of out of every three mouthfuls of food you eat are because of the hard work of the bee.”

Walsh goes on to explain how essential the honey bee is the United States’ agriculture, noting that “they pollinate the seeds that ripen into our apples, cucumbers, cranberries, and many other fruits and vegetables in our diet.”

He continues,

A single hardworking honeybee can visit up to 100 flowers in a single trip and carry more than half its weight in pollen – yet a single honey bee will produce only a twelfth of a teaspoon of honey its short life time. In order to produce one pound of honey, a colony of bees will fly more than 55,000 miles and tap more than two million flowers. it’s amazing what such a small insect can do to affect our entire food chain and the world we live in!

This amazing story of bees can also remind us of Jesus’ message of the “mustard seed”. Jesus makes it clear that even a little faith can have a huge impact on not only our lives, but on the lives of those around us. What seems small and insignificant can produce wonderful and good things in the plan of God.

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“The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that a person took and sowed in a field. It is the smallest of all the seeds, yet when full-grown it is the largest of plants. It becomes a large bush, and the ‘birds of the sky come and dwell in its branches.” (Matthew 13:31)

The work of the honeybee can help us see the value of the small, ordinary and unseen acts of faith, love and hope. So consider the bees, think about the size of a mustard seed and ask yourself, Am I building up the kingdom of God through my life as a Christian?

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About Mary Jane Fox

Mary Jane Fox is the co-founder of The Pilgrim Center of Hope. The Pilgrim Log is the blog of the Pilgrim Center of Hope, a Catholic evangelization ministry, providing weekly spiritual reflections to help you journey toward a deeper relationship with Christ. Learn more about the Pilgrim Center of Hope by visiting www.pilgrimcenterofhope.org.

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