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Scripture Reflections - June 13
11th Sunday of Ordinary Time

READINGS
Ezechiel 17:22-24
Corinthians 5:6-10
Mark 4:26-34

Archives Msgr Paul E. Whitmore
Msgr. Paul E. Whitmore

This Sunday’s sudden jump to the Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time ensures that we will cover all 34 Sundays before the end of the Church year in November.

The theme of Scripture today is the tension that exists between human, natural growth of the “seed” and God’s plans for their development.

He intervenes directly when He needs to, as with the House of David. This line of David began to falter after King David’s death.

It would have disappeared completely if God had not intervened directly by transplanting a “tender shoot” to a high mountain (first reading), and there transformed it with astounding results. Ezechiel’s prophecy is seen fulfilled in the boyhood of Jesus as a “Nazarean,” a name whose root means “sprig or shoot.” Now we know that the House of David will never fade again.

In the Gospel, through the parable of the mustard seed, we know that no matter how small and meager our lives and activities seem to be, God transforms our human effort through His vitality and life into something significant and spiritually fruitful.

St. Paul in the second reading, assures us that, if only we walk by faith and not by sight, courageously longing to be away from our bodies, and at home in the Lord, then we will indeed experience a merciful judgment and receive a just recompense for our lives.

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