Sunday, the 11th week of Ordinary Time
Mass at noon: Tuesday, - Friday
Saturday at 5:00 - Sunday at 9:00, 11:15am
When the people gather for prayer, all are welcome.
Saint of the day - Joseph Cafasso
Readings for today’s Mass
In today's readings, Jesus and the prophet Ezekiel use a similar image referring to the growth of Israel and the kingdom of God. Here is what God says to Ezekiel about Israel being restored to greatness: I will take from the crest of the cedar... a tender shoot and plant it on a high mountain. It shall put forth branches and... and become a majestic cedar. Birds of every kind shall dwell beneath it, every winged thing in the shade of its boughs. And here is Jesus with a parable about the Kingdom of God: The Kingdom of God is like a mustard seed that, when it is sown in the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on the earth. But once it is sown, it springs up and becomes the largest of plants and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the sky can dwell in its shade.
Like the seed, the words of Jesus are planted within us. Thru prayer and proper nourishment, the word is the seed of the kingdom growing within us. It is for each of us to care for what we have been given, to help it put down strong roots so it will put forth branches that will produce abundant fruit, each when the season is right.
Great things often come from humble beginnings. It starts with planting the seed.