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Jun 16, 2024

Mark 4: 26-34

Jesus said to the crowds, “The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how. The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head. But when the grain is ripe, at once he goes in with his sickle, because the harvest has come.”

He also said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.”

With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it; he did not speak to them except in parables, but he explained everything in private to his disciples.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Jun 16, 2024

Living the Reign of God

We are like the mustard seed, insignificant in ourselves, but when we give ourselves to God as best we can he will give us growth “we know not how.” God fills us with his reign, presence, power, and love, but we are rarely conscious of that; instead we feel as empty as the mustard seed. Just as the mature mustard plant, however, seems to be mainly empty space that can offer rest and refuge for birds, when we do truly believe that God’s will is the best we could ask for we can be models of God’s reign in ways that are only very little under our control.  

So how do I live the reign of God in myself in ways that welcome others and offer peace and hope, dignity and respect, to the others in my daily life?

Fr. Chas Kestermeier, SJ, is a Midwest Jesuit living in a senior Jesuit community in Milwaukee after spending most of his life teaching both at Creighton Prep and Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska.  

Jun 16, 2024

Prayer

O God, strength of those who hope in you, graciously hear our pleas, and, since without you mortal frailty can do nothing, grant us always the help of your grace, that in following your commands we may please you by our resolve and our deeds. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever.

—Collect prayer from today’s Mass

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