On the way to Jerusalem, Jesus instructs his followers about the power of faith and the duties of discipleship. He calls his disciples to adopt the attitude of servants whose actions are responses to their identity rather than works seeking reward. A little faith goes a long way is our Lord’s point in the gospel. A mustard seed’s-worth has miraculous potential. The patience, tenacity, and endurance required for the life of faith are the blessings received in water and the word (baptism), bread and wine (communion), the word read and proclaimed in this assembly. Anticipate them. Receive them with thanksgiving. Faith is the inner belief given to us by the Holy Spirit, which enables us to cling to God’s gift of the Savior.