Mustard was an essential accompaniment to beef. It became associated with vigour and enthusiasm because it added zest and flavour. By the early 20th century, the association was so strong that the word was used like this: 1925 E. Wallace, in King by Night: “That fellow is mustard.”
Fr Ian Verrier was at Christ the King yesterday and took as the theme for his homily the Gospel passage of the day, St Matthew 13: 31-35 about the grain of mustard seed, and the leaven in the dough. We are called upon to be as keen as mustard in our faith, in contrast to the lukewarmness of those people spoken of in the Apocalypse who are indifferent to the things of God.
Fr Verrier suggested that daily Examination of Conscience will help to sharpen our faith and how to go about this – certainly a challenge for myself and I am sure for others.
We are grateful to Fr Verrier and the other FSSP priests for giving us so much teaching to put vigour and enthusiasm, zest and flavour into our faith.