Eleventh Sunday of Ordinary Time - Scripture Diiscussion
First Reading: Ezekiel 17:22-24
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 92:2-3, 13-14, 15-16
Second Reading: 2 Corinthians 5:6-10
Gospel: Mark 4:26-34
Ezekiel 17:23 - It shall put forth branches and bear fruit and become a majestic cedar.
Teaching by Parables
Take time to enjoy the warmth of summer days, the cool of summer evenings. Take advantage of daylight saving time by spending time in conversation with neighbors and friends.
Give your garden--no matter if it's a field or a flower box - some time. Treasure the secrets buried and blossoming from the earth, the secret animation going on right under your feet, right under your nose.
And leave some time for God. Recognize God's extraordinary presence, so thinly veiled by the ordinariness of summertime, and give thanks each day for all the beauty that summertime reveals.
1. What is the last good book you read? Why was it so enjoyable? What elements did it share in common with Jesus' parables?
2. How is the reign of God growing in your life? Are you tending it and nourishing it? Who are the "master gardeners" you can turn to for help?
3. Is Sunday a day of rest and reflection for you? Or just another day to squeeze in what didn't fit in the rest of the week? How can you make sure that there is time in your life to tend your personal garden of faith?
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