Homily for the 11th Sunday in ordinary time,year b.
Beloved in Christ, our readings this Sunday proclaim to us the mystery of the Kingdom of God. Therefore, I have chosen “GRACE AND RESPONSIBILITY “as our theme to drive home the fact that we cannot leave everything to God and fold our arms. Also this theme is to encourage our JHS 3 pupils to give off their best as they begin their final exams tomorrow.
Beloved, Jesus Christ in the gospel passage of the day made use of two parables drawn from the agricultural experience of the people. And to understand New Testament parables, we have to remember three important context :
1.the context of the gospel itself
2.the context of the church before the gospel was written but after the time of Jesus
3.the context of the time when Jesus told them. In fact we must understand what was going on in the church when the Gospel writer wrote.
Beloved, before St. Mark put these two parables into writing, he had seen the death of the two great apostles, Peter and Paul. The expected Parousia had not arrived and people were discouraged. And it looked as if the church was doomed.
Hence the two parables this morning provide an insight into Jesus’ Kingdom on earth and its growth. For Jesus the Kingdom he is founding will grow and increase quietly therefore no war will be necessary .
Beloved in Christ, the parables also remind us that the growth of the seed is not dependent on the farmer. In this regard we should never be discouraged by small beginnings. What we need is PATIENCE AND PARTICIPATION . For instance, we sometimes feel that our little bit will make no difference. But it does-in voting,in speaking out, and in putting together a large enterprise .
My dear friend, with faith the humanly impossible becomes divinely possible. Each of us has a place in the Kingdom even with the minutest of our faith and acts of love. This is true because what seems humanly, failure or impossible is transformed by God’s power and grace into success.
Beloved, Jesus Christ is therefore reminding us that to increase the Kingdom of God, we have to plant the seed, we have to talk to others,to preach the word. If we do this ,we can then leave it to God’s grace which has been given to everyone, to allow it to grow, flourish and produce fruit in another.
Beloved, I invite you to share this homily with your friends to remind them that the grace of God does not work in vacuum , but rather on nature hence the need to avail ourselves for God to use us.
This has been a Fr. Dolphyne presentation for (www.dolphyne14.WordPress.com) as we celebrate the eleventh Sunday in ordinary time, year b.
May God richly bless you.