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11th Sunday of the Year B

posted 13 Jun 2015, 00:59 by St Wilfrid RC Haltwhistle   [ updated 6 Nov 2015, 00:44 by Jerry Laidler ]

So ultimately Ezekiel refers to Jesus. Ezekiel refers to Jesus and the Kingdom. It is to Jesus
and his Kingdom that we look for perspective and encouragement so that we can keep on
keeping on. Not just doggedly but hopefully, certain of the final outcome of eternal wellbeing
in God's Kingdom. 

Growth, secret and gradual is the dynamic of the coming of the Kingdom. We have to be ready for the long haul, neither expecting spectacular growth nor discouraged by peoples' slow response. 

Men and women respond to the coming of the Kingdom in many, many ways. Don't knock
their uniqueness. It is of God. The whole initiative in the evolution of the Kingdom is divine. Kingdom communication has a power of its own. It grows effortlessly in the hearts of believers, no stress, no strain, no sweat.

Our Kingdom building and our observation of the development of the Kingdom can only be
optimistic, even when all seems to be falling apart. Remember the mustard seed and lets remember too who teaches the parable of the mustard seed. It's Jesus. He speaks of secret
growth. He speaks of small beginnings. It is Jesus who indicates the great future that grows from small beginnings. 

So we are involved in a scenario of small is great. We need the sharpness of observation and the sensitivity of heart to appreciate what is happening all around us. Our future can and will be great because it is God's work not ours, though doubtless God will always use us if we
allow it. 

We can but pray with the Psalmist, "It is good to give you thanks; 0 Lord." We praise and thank God for his plan for each one of us and for the whole of humanity. Unless our prayer embraces these two dimensions, the personal and the universal, we remain minimalist. The small minded.
And really it is a great big universe out there.

Let's give our God credit for being a great big God with great big ideas for "a Kingdom of truth and life, a Kingdom of holiness and grace, a Kingdom of justice, love and peace" for the whole of humankind, albeit from tiny beginnings like ourselves, working through, with and in Jesus Christ, Our Lord.