Courageous

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Greetings on this the Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
Readings: Ez 17:22-24; PS 92:2-3, 13-14, 15-16; 2 Cor 5:6-10; Mk 4:26-34
Notes: Homily given at 4:00 PM and the 9:00 Am Sunday, live streamed.

Good homily from a friend: https://mypastoralponderings.com/2021/06/12/mustard-seeds-and-majesty-my-sermon-on-mark-426-34/

First Reading
The Lord is in control of nature and the natural elements.
The Lord is in control of kingdoms and principalities.
I, the LORD,
bring low the high tree,
lift high the lowly tree,
wither up the green tree,
and make the withered tree bloom.
As I, the LORD, have spoken, so will I do.

Responsorial Psalm
Lord, it is good to give thanks to you.

Second Reading
for we walk by faith, not by sight.
Yet we are courageous.

Alleluia Verse
The seed is the word of God, Christ is the sower.
All who come to him will live forever.

Gospel Portion
We are coming out of the pandemic.

It has been a strange 15 months.

For some the pandemic has been from catastrophic to annoying depending on circumstances.

  • lose of life
  • lose of friends and family members
  • lose of employment
  • lose of businesses
  • isolation
  • change in routines

All of these are either have a large impact or incidental impact but all are impacted.

But we are now in the season of refreshment.
The planting season of Easter and the three Solemnities of the Lord following Pentecost have given us the seed and they are planted.

We must now rest. We must process of trauma.
Each day must contain a portion of the Sabbath rest.

Don’t go back to the same old routines.
Read under a tree. Have a picnic.
Read poems, pick fruit off trees.
Do the activities of the Sabbath.
Sing.
Sing songs of faith.
Clap your hands.
Shout for joy.

Put Your Hand in the Hand Lyrics https://g.co/kgs/uyHUuz

Put Your Hand in the Hand YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f1iAaKHd7z8

Peace be with you,
Deacon Gerry

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