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Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

June 18, 2012

THE DIFFICULTY OF GROWTH

“This is how it is with the kingdom of God; it is as if a man were to scatter seed on the land and would sleep and rise night and day and through it all the seed would sprout and grow, he knows not how.”

Our faith, Jesus tells us is like a mustard seed that starts small, but grows large.  And we hear this, but we forget that all growth is essentially a violent act:  for the plant to grow, the seed is broken, then the earth and then the plant itself as it breaks off into many branches.

And so much of that growth takes place in darkness, especially in the beginning – even we do the same.  It is a powerful metaphor.

This Sunday, we are told to be courageous, for though we do not always understand, we trust that God has not abandoned us.

CLICK HERE for the 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time: (Eziekel 17:22-24; Psalm 92; 2 Corinthians 5:6-10; Mark 4:26-34)

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