11th Week in Ordinary Time
Jesus said “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 and 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.” Mark 4:26-29 JB
We are now back in Ordinary Time during these next few months which take us through the Summer Season up to Advent. Over the next few weeks, we will read and hear the many parables of Jesus presented to us in the Gospels at Mass week by week.
During Ordinary Time the Liturgical Colour reverts back to Green and after the many different feasts and celebrations we have been enjoying since Easter, it can seem that this is a flat time of year where not much is apparently happening. Actually, this is not true, for during these next few weeks and months, we are to continue to build on developing, deepening and allowing our faith to grow just like seed grows in the ground and gets stronger and develops into a healthy, strong and vibrant plant, shrub or tree to go on to produce a rich harvest.
Green reminds us of God’s creation and His goodness to us– reflecting the wonderful bursts of colours and spurts of exuberant growth found in our gardens, hedgerows and fields at this time of year and it reminds us to give thanks to the Lord for all the many wonderful gifts He gives us day by day. The gift of life, health, family and friends and all we have.
Our faith too is such a precious gift from God and we are to regard our hearts and souls like well watered, mature, fertile soil. We are to be good stewards of our souls and tend them carefully. This is what we can strive for during Ordinary Time. If we sow good seed, then good crops will result! God is the one who makes our seed of faith grow but He asks us to work with Him side by side by caring for it through prayer, reading and studying God’s Word, the Bible, serving others and going to Mass and attending Church.
So this week, and over the next few weeks and months of Summer time let us ask the Lord to increase in us the seed of faith and help us to nurture, protect and care for it. Additionally, perhaps we might change one thing in our daily life which would benefit the planet as well – perhaps we could begin turning off all lights in our home if we are not using them; turning off the standby button on our TV’s and using the economy settings on our dishwasher or washing machine.
Our prayer this week:
God Our Loving Father, Lord of all Creation, we give you thanks for all your gifts to us. We thank you for our beautiful world with the richness of its diversity revealed in the plants and animals. You have arranged everything so wonderfully well! What beautiful variety you have created. Blessed are You, Lord! Please help us to be good and faithful stewards of all you have entrusted to us. In Jesus’ Name we pray. Amen.
As we continue in this special Month dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, let us pray:
Most Sacred and Most Merciful Heart of Jesus, we place all our trust in You! Amen.