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11th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Jesus teaches today about the Kingdom of God which has its own power to grow, written in its nature, unless it is disturbed during this process. Jesus compares it to a man who scattered seed on the land, which in the power of the code, written in it by God, starts to sprout and grow. “Of its own accord the land yields fruit, first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. And when the grain is ripe, he wields the sickle at once, for the harvest has come”. It could be, for example, a mustard seed that ”when it is sown in the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on the earth. But once it is sown, it springs up and becomes the largest of plants and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the sky can dwell in its shade”. It could be also the cedar three which from its topmost branches God tears off a tender shoot, and plants it on a high and lofty mountain, which in due time become a big separate strong tree. But the last example taken from Ezekiel the Prophet contains a warning. Chosen by God, a rebel nation of Israel could lose its special regard with God because in any moment God could lose His patience for its unfaithfulness and could cut the branch from its topmost, planting it as a new tree, that means, He could choose a new nation in the place of Israel. We see here an explicit allusion to the unfaithful nation of Israel, which by its disloyalty to God’s covenant could be replaced for a new nation. And so it happened. When the Israeli nation didn’t accept Jesus Christ, as foretold by the prophets, the Messiah, God choose a new nation, the Church, which in Christ continues His salutary plans. From the reading, we can draw also one important conclusion valid for each of us: when a man does not act to the grace of God in his heart according to its nature, which supposed to be holiness, he should not expect fruits. The faith, the second reading speaks about, is this element, from the part of man, which is responsible for the growth of divine grace in his soul.