Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Word for the Weekend: June 17

Image by Scott Freeman

This is how it is with the kingdom of God;
it is 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...    (Matthew 4)

This weekend we return to Ordinary Time.

The gospel for this day includes two images of the reign of God: the man who scatters seed on the land and the insignificant mustard seed that grows into the largest of plants.  The first lesson for the day, from Ezekiel, mirrors the second image in the gospel.  Ezekiel writes of the Lord taking a tender shoot from a cedar and planting it and it (God's beloved Israel) becoming a majestic tree.  The second lesson is taken from 2nd Corinthians where Paul writes of a courageous confidence in faith that defies any logic.

You'll find the scriptures for Sunday and some brief commentary on them here and if you're shepherding children to Mass, you'll find hints for helping them prepare to hear the Word here.

What image might you use to speak of the reign of God among us?




 

     
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