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Vol: 45, No.36 11TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME ( B) June 17 2018  
O Lord, hear my voice, for I have called to you; be my help. Do not abandon or forsake me, O God, my Saviour. (Ps 27:7, 9)
While on earth, Jesus made great efforts to establish the kingdom of God. The choosing of the disciples at the beginning of his ministry is an indication that they are the ones to continue his work after him. Jesus’ association with the suffering and the abandoned indicates the nature of the kingdom he wants to establish. But Jesus still has to explain the mysterious nature of the kingdom of God which he does in today’s gospel through two parables. Jesus is fond of using examples from everyday life to teach profound realities. In the first example, he compares the kingdom to a farmer sowing the seed in his field. In a second example he compares it to a mustard seed. The seed sown by the farmer sprouts and grows under the earth and the plants bear fruit. He does not understand how these things take place. This parable deals with the mysterious nature of the kingdom. Am I part of God’s kingdom? Do I grow up to my potential? (Pause)
I Confess to almighty God/and to you,/ my brothers and sisters,/ that I have greatly sinned,/ in my thoughts and in my words,/ in what I have done/and in what I have failed to do,/ through my fault,/ through my fault,/ through my most grievous fault;/ therefore I ask Virgin,/ all the Angels and Saints,/ and
you, my brothers and sisters,/ to pray for me to the Lord our God.
Glory to God...

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, one God, for ever and ever.
(Using the imagery of the great tree, the author writes that God can humble the mighty and raise up the lowly).
A Reading from the Book of Ezekiel

Thus says the Lord God: “I myself will take a sprig from the lofty top of the cedar, and will set it out; I will break off from the topmost of its young twigs a tender one, and I myself will plant it upon a high and lofty mountain; on the mountain height of Israel will I plant it, that it may bring forth boughs and bear fruit, and become a noble cedar; and under it will dwell all kinds of beasts; in the shade of its branches birds of every sort will nest. And all the trees of the field shall know that I the Lord bring low the high tree, and make high the low tree, dry up the green tree, and make the dry tree flourish. I the Lord have spoken, and I will do it.”
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