12th SUNDAY ORDINARY TIME JUNE 20, 2021


 

12th Sunday Of Ordinary Time
Readings: Job 38.1-4,8-11
2Corinthians 5.14-17
Mark 4.35-41

As we begin the Sunday readings of Ordinary time, after the solemnities of the Most Holy Trinity and Corpus Christi, we begin to reflect on who God is for each of us. What do we think of God? How have we experienced God in our lives? Like these early followers of Jesus, if we meet someone who can stop a storm, who can still the wind and the waves, we would surely be impressed and wonder about that person. Today we can imagine Jesus sleeping in this boat. It could not have been a very large boat and the storm would have been tossing it all over the place. And Jesus sleeps!

How many times have we experienced storms in our lives and thought that the lord was asleep, that God was not concerned, that God was simply ignoring us? The Gospel today lets us know that God is always aware of what is happening in our lives, even when he seems asleep, unconcerned and uncaring. The Gospel invites us to a deep level of trust in our God. God loves us and cares for us always and will not let us perish. We don't always understand the ways of God- and that should never surprise us. God sees all and knows all and our vision and knowledge is so restricted.

The first reading today, from the Book of Job, is part of our learning about the divine also. Job finally realizes that God is God- and Job understands so little of all reality. We also must learn that lesson. We  can easily think that we know what is best in any situation. So we don't pray and we don't even ask God to give us wisdom and understanding. We also need to repent, as Job does at the end of the Book of Job. We stand in the presence of the Almighty and think that we have more wisdom and knowledge than does the Almighty. Again, we can reflect on our personal image of God and of the power of God.

The Second Letter to the Corinthians tells us clearly : The love of Christ impels us, once we have come to the conviction will the love of Christ impel us. Sometimes we play games with God. Sometimes we expect to force faith upon us. God never forces us, instead, we can humbly ask for faith and for the knowledge that comes from faith.

Today let us best till in the presence of the Almighty. May our hearts be aware of the presence of this being  who is Almighty. Let us ask humbly for faith.  Let us ask 'god for the gift to see and acknowledged the cine presence which always surrounds us. May we stand in awe and give praise to God.


Father’s Day Prayer:

God our Father, We give you thanks and praise for fathers young and old.

We pray for young fathers, newly embracing their vocation; May they find courage and perseverance to balance work, family and faith in joy and sacrifice.

We pray for our own Fathers around the world whose children are lost or suffering; May they know that the God of compassion walks with them in their sorrow.

We pray for men who are not fathers but still mentor and guide us with fatherly love and advice.

We remember fathers, grandfather, and great grandfathers who are no longer with us but who live forever in our memory and nourish us with their love. Amen”


11th SUNDAY ORDINARY TIME JUNE 13, 2021




Readings: Ezekiel 17.22-24
2Corinthians 5.6-10
Mark 4.26-34

On this Eleventh Sunday of ordinary time, we are reminded that, as part of God's Kingdom, the church of Christ is like a tree planted by God in the world. Fr5om the smallest of all seeds, she becomes the noblest of trees and fills the earth. She is the physical evidence of God's Kingdom. So, like the birds of the air, we are called to make our home in her.

The first reading is message of hope and restoration. Through the prophet Ezekiel God promised to re-establish and elevate his people who were in exile in Babylon. This means that God wishes to transfer his people from a kingdom of oppression, poverty and misery to a kingdom of justice, prosperity and peace of mind.

this is obviously the kingdom of where Christ reigns as king and , as the fountain of life. This is the ki8ngdom where God wishes us to be. The church is the visible sing of this noble cedar or kingdom that gives refuge to all people.

In the second reading, Paul reminds us of the fact that we on a journey towards the ki8ngdom of God in order to be with Christ our lord and ki9ng. Hence, whether we are "living in the body or exiled from it, we should be focused on pleasing the Lord.

The journey to this kingdom is a journey which ,must be approached with faith and courage. Hence Paul reminds us; " Going as we do by faith and not by sight, we are full of confidence... and actually want to leave this body in order to be with Christ." On light of this, we must advance diligently in order to be admitted into this kingdom by Christ.

In today's Gospel, Christ used two parables to describe the kingdom of God. The Kingdom he invites us to is a simple and peaceful one. It is open to all who seek it with a sincere heart. The easiest way to enter into it is by sowing a seed faith in Christ. This is the key.

Hence, in the second parable, the mustard seed which is the smallest seed refers to our faith. "If you have faith like a grain of ,mustard seed... nothing will be impossible for you". This includes, entering the kingdom of God. However, it is important to note that, the authenticity or genuineness of our faith must be tested.

Faith grows and it does, it achieves great things. As it grows it leads us to Christ and consequently to his kingdom. Also, our faith draws others to Christ and to his church, the visible sign of God's Kingdom on earth.

How does our faith draw others to Christ? When we demonstrate or bear a good testimony of  our individual and collective faith, the rest is great. Live could be touched and transformed. A few persons might come to believe in God. Also a youth might present himself for a particular sacrament and service in the church. A young couple might decide to normalize their marriage in the church. Someone might decide to give up a very old and bad habit, while another, might decide to forgive another.

These may seem insignificant achievements, but the seed is growing. This consequently leads to the growth of the church, the visible sign of God's Kingdom on earth. As our faith grows, the church, the body of Christ grows and. more people are drawn into the comfort of God's Kingdom.


We are open for public Masses with 15% capacity

 

Dear People of God, We are open for public Masses with 15% capacity, starting on Friday, June 11 ( Solemnity of the Most sacred Heart of Jesus). 

Ushers your assistance is greatly appreciated. 

As in the past, please ensure that all worship safe guidelines are followed. The Faithful are reminded not to congregate in large numbers in or around the church before or after services. 

Parish office will continue to operate at phase 1 - Limited Essential appointments only. Thank you for your continued cooperation. God bless you all.