Scripture Reflections for the Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Year B, Lectionary 92

God's kingdom cannot be stopped but will reign forever. But it is not a dominion like other worldly kingdoms likened to cedar. Jesus compares the kingdom of God like seeds that often grow unbeknownst to us, starting from small graceful moments but that in God's time and guidance spreads across the land. The impact of God's grace eventually becomes apparent when others can benefit from its fruits.

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Psalm 92:2-3, 13-16
2 Corinthians 5:6-10

“This flows right out of Paul's statements that we will be judged according to what we've done while we're in the body, not what happens after, but while we're in the body. It's human life that is decisive for how we'll spend eternity.”

Catholic Productions | "The Particular Judgment" | Brant Pitre | June 9, 2021
Mark 4:26-34

“Many times as human beings when we don't see immediate results we want to give up but remember the seed does not germinate the same day it is planted”

Fr. Emmanuel Ochigbo | June 10, 2024

“But the question is then how do we bring about justice in this case? You know, how do we care for the small seeds? And God is the one bringing out the justice but we are the agents of that justice.”

"Evolution & growth" | Angelo Kurbanali | June 13, 2024

“The mustard plant is an invasive plant, once you plant it it spreads, it is hard to control. Isn't that the Kingdom? Once it is planted you cannot control it, it just grows.”

Bellarmine Chapel | Fr. Damian Torres-Botello, SJ | June 16, 2024

“the parables are meant to function as riddles, right. They are meant to kind of draw you into the mystery of the Kingdom by both revealing some aspect of it, they are meant to teach something, but at the same time that they reveal they also conceal. There's a mysterious element to all of the parables of Jesus.”

Catholic Productions | "The Parable of the Seed Growing Secretly" | Brant Pitre | May 2, 2023

“The way we think it should be worked out, God might laugh at that but that's when you trust and your faith helps you understand…the growth is happening on God's time and God's way, you got to be open to it to what God is doing.”

St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church, Philadelphia | "Mustard Seed Moment" | Fr. Stephen Thorne | June 17, 2018
Overall Readings

“Sometimes we need to get out of the way. We are not always the focus, sometimes we are the facilitator for something bigger than ourselves. The growth of God’s kingdom is God’s work not ours.”

"What parable can we find for the Kingdom of God?" | Fr. Geoffrey Plant | June 9, 2024

“no matter whatever the situation, God is able. That’s what the kingdom of God is about, that’s what the kingdom of God is like.”

St. Teresa of Avila - DC | Monsignor Raymond East | June 13, 2021

“However I would treat you I have to be ready to treat God the same way because God sees us treating God in that way when we do it to one of God's children”

Saint Katharine Drexel Parish - Boston, MA | Fr. Oscar Pratt | June 13, 2021

“For the people...of God, that cedar represented standing tall in the midst of a storm”

St. Teresa of Avila - DC | Monsignor Raymond East | June 16, 2024

“our scripture passages today tell us that no matter who we are God will indeed give us the strength to be all that he needs us to be”

Fr. Tony Ricard | June 16, 2024

“he wants to show through the weakness of its members that the power of the kingdom is not from them but from God and that through...the way it doesn't cohere with previous empires of the world, that it's not a kingdom of this world but that it's a kingdom of heaven. That's the message of the Parable of the Mustard Seed.”

Catholic Productions | "The Jewish Roots of the Parable of the Mustard Seed" | Brant Pitre | February 9, 2023

“Even if the evil one comes to add a period at the end of the most recent word that God has pronounced about us, do not give up because God is capable of coming under the period…to add a comma to make it a semicolon and to continue his statement about you”

Fr. Emmanuel Ochigbo | June 7, 2021

“God's reign is where no one goes without, it's where there's love, where there's peace. God's reign is where right-relationship is the only kind of relationship. We're not there yet but in God's design our mustard seed steps to get there all have value.”

Catholic Women Preach | Gina Scaringella, OP | June 13, 2021

“through the journey and the imagery of a mustard seed Jesus is inviting us to, one, to be open to God's presence in the process of tending to something and, two, to be surprised by abundance”

Catholic Women Preach | Kathleen O'Brien | June 16, 2024

“We lay foundations that need further development for we are workers not master builders, ministers not messiahs, prophets of a future not our own”

Catholic Women Preach | Alyssa Pasternak Post | May 31, 2018