Year B, Lectionary 92
"This Sunday is the Eleventh of Ordinary Time! Yet we haven’t had an “Ordinary” Sunday since the Sixth (Feb. 14), so what happened? The 8th–10th Sundays were replaced by Pentecost, Trinity, and Corpus Christi respectively, and the 7th gets skipped this year to make the calendar end before Advent begins on November 28."
John Bergsma. "11th Sunday of Ordinary Time." The Sacred Page. June 10, 2021
Psalm 92:2-3, 13-16
2 Corinthians 5:6-10
"Does an overview of history help us live well? In today’s Gospel parables, Jesus outlines his teaching on history, and how the Kingdom of God, and therefore the Church, fits into it to help us live well. The Parable of the Developing Seed has three phases. In Phase One the seed is sown. The second phase is one of growth. The final phase is the action of harvesting. How would the Jews have heard and..."
Br. Andrew Brookes. "Sowing in Time, Sowing for Eternity." Torch. June 13, 2018
"Today’s readings focus our attention on the birth and growth of the reign of God (Kingdom of God), in our human lives and on the life of the Body of Christ, the Church. God is both the sower and caretaker of the seed. He sows on every surface. But the growth and productivity of the seed depends heavily on how each surface (our lives) is able to cooperate with the intention of the sower. The..."
Father Lawrence Obilor. "Growing from a seed to a tree." A Catholic Moment. June 13, 2021
"As I look around my room, searching for inspiration to begin this sermon I am struck by the dominance of one material. Other materials are also prominent, wood, metal, paper, but it is plastic which surrounds me from my computer mouse to my coat hanger."
Fr. David Goodill. "Creating and Shaping." Torch. June 9, 2021
"In the grand scheme of things, we’re small. We are the tiniest of tiniest specks in the universe. In this world, we are really not that much bigger – each of us being one person in a sea of 7 billion. Even in the communities we live, the places we work, the schools we attend, we may be yet another face in the crowd, a number amongst many. But each of us, like that mustard..."
Joseph LaCombe. "Realizing Your Potential." A Catholic Moment. June 17, 2018
"The prophet Ezekiel once imagined Babylon as a mighty, brightly-coloured eagle, which swooped down on the cedar tree of Israel and broke off its topmost shoot, Israel’s hapless king Jehoiachin. The prophet was under no illusions when it came to the aggressors' overwhelming force. But Ezekiel’s story turned to prophecy: God himself would take a tender shoot from the treetop. Where Babylon had brought low its royal captive, God would raise up a mighty tree..."
Fr. Richard Finn. "The Power of Small Deeds." Torch. June 9, 2015
"When you tell a joke and somebody stares blankly at you, you know they haven’t got it; and you know that if you explain it, it might finally provoke a smile but the fun has gone out of it. On the other hand you might tell a story which illustrates a point, and it’s quite normal to explain what you mean. Ezekiel told a story of a powerful eagle plucking the top of a cedar..."
Fr. Colin Carr. "The Sovereign Gift." Torch. June 17, 2012
"Sometimes we take Our Lord's words too seriously. We forget that, being human, and indeed Jewish, he had a sense of humour. So, when we hear his parables, we suppose they are based on straightforward observations of everyday life, and draw earnest moralising lessons from plain facts. We find it difficult to notice the fantastical, the ironic, and even the slapstick components of Jesus's teaching. We dare not laugh at what he says, even when..."
Fr. Richard Conrad. "Crazy Sparrows." Torch. June 18, 2006