Gospel Reflection for 11th Sunday Ordinary Time Year B – June 14th 2015
Full scripture for this Sunday is available on the Catholic Ireland website. Daily Scripture is also available. Our parish Prayers of the Faithful for this Sunday are made available on the Dublin Diocesan website.
Jesus said to the crowds: ‘This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man throws seed on the land. Night and day, while he sleeps, when he is awake, the seed is sprouting and growing; how, he does not know. Of its own accord the land produces first the shoot, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. And when the crop is ready, he loses no time: he starts to reap because the harvest has come.’
He also said, ‘What can we say the kingdom of God is like? What parable can we find for it? It is like a mustard seed which at the time of its sowing in the soil is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; yet once it is sown it grows into the biggest shrub of them all and puts out big branches so that the birds of the air can shelter in its shade.’
Using many parables like these, he spoke the word to them, so far as they were capable of understanding it. He would not speak to them except in parables, but he explained everything to his disciples when they were alone.
The ordinariness of Jesus is the first thing we notice. There is no big discourse on the kingdom of God – just looking around him and saying it’s like seeds growing and you can’t see them
People knew what he was talking about – seeds growing down in the ground and you can do little about it! You just wait. They had little of the modern quick ways even of sowing. All life was slow and that’s often the way.
A baby – the tiny beginnings of a huge spirit! All through life some of the best things are under our eyes and we do not see them. Coming to death there is a slow journey often and growth is happening under the ground. We are being grown by God always if only we would let him do it.
Seeds are sown
And how we help others grow – You may not know – the faith that grows in your children. Different in specifics from you maybe. Or the way they are taught to love and it comes out in the next generation. Seeing love in a marriage and learning from example to forgive, to live in peace with each other. Seeds are sown and grow – how to love and forgive, how to share with our neighbour, how to face death. When we remember our dead, what comes to mind is what they taught us about life.
A lot of the best in life is waiting. For birth – can’t you hurry it. Or death.
Important moments come in God’s time. So much of life is on trust.
Donal Neary SJ