Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
Reading I: Ezekiel 17:22-24
Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 92:2-3, 13-14, 15-16
Reading II: 2 Corinthians 5:6-10
Gospel: Mark 4:26-34

The gospel stresses the value of patience. First and foremost, patience to ourselves, for we are the first to suffer from our shortcomings like being over-sensitive, being a worrier or perfectionist. We may have to plant the seed of understanding to convince ourselves that very few people want to be bad, but that all people make mistakes. We need to believe that increasing our love for the person who lacks love for us is the most convincing way to come to terms. Jesus tells us to be patient, to keep doing the right thing, for there will be a positive result. Jesus came to plant the kingdom of heaven. The disciples were scared, and the Church was in disarray, but Jesus rose, and the Spirit descended on them, and new life was born. Very soon though Christianity met resistance wherever it appeared and endless persecutions followed. Yet the number of believers kept growing.
We are worried about the future of our Church since we see all kinds of sects arising in our midst. Yet even here we believe that the Church is a seed planted by Christ. It has survived many onslaughts during her history and will withstand many trials as long as she is willing to grow and renew herself constantly through the vitality of God’s word.
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