Scripture Reflection . . .
Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
First Reading: Ezekiel 17:22-24
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 92: “Lord, it is good to give thanks to you.”
Second Reading: 2 Corinthians 5:6-10
Gospel: Mark 4:26-34
The Readings today bring forth images of abundance and generosity that call forth gratitude. We hear of lofty mountains, majestic trees that bear much fruit and spread out branches to provide shelter and protection for all creatures. We read of great courage – the fruit of trust and faith. And then Jesus, himself in the Gospel describes the kingdom of God as seed giving way to abundantly growing crops and plentiful harvests; as tiny seed growing into towering foliage that once again provide shelter and protection.
In all this we can know a God who is lavish and generous – not that we have earned or deserve it but because God loves us and all creation. The Responsorial Psalm sums up our response: “Lord, it is good to give thanks to you.”
I wonder if gratitude can be likened to a tiny seed that is able to grow and blossom into great acts of love and generosity. When we live out of an attitude of gratitude our perspective, thoughts, choices and actions begin to take on the shape of love. Think about it; when we are grateful our focus is on the other, we experience joy, perhaps it even has the power to give us courage. Gratitude lifts up – “lifts up the lowly tree . . . Makes the withered tree bloom” (Ezekiel). Gratitude is an opening to the kingdom of heaven here and now!
In Our Lives as Sisters of the Redeemer . . .
We say “Thank you” for
The gift of community. As religious Sisters, community life reminds us of our interdependence- our need for one another on our faith journey.
The opportunity to be the hands and feet of Christ in our daily ministries.
The Parish community of St. Joseph the Worker that welcomed us to participate in their annual festival this weekend.
A local Scout Troop that helped us transition our community garden to its new location. They moved our bulletin board and built a foundation for the tool shed.
For all those who have and continue to nurture our faith. On this Father’s Day, we thank our fathers and father figures and the priests who serve with us in our ministries.
In Your Life . . .
As you go through this day and the coming week you may wish to practice an attitude of gratitude:
At the end of the day make space to recall all the gifts of that day.
Pray/ sing the Resposorial Psalm as a mantra “Lord, it is good to give thanks to you.”
Look for the good in another – how are you thankful for them?
Say “thank you” to someone in your life, and to God.
Blessings on your week!