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HOMILY FOR 11TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, YEAR B

HOMILY FOR THE 11TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME; YEAR B.

READINGS:

Ezekiel 17:22-24

2 Corinthians 5:6-10

Mark: 4:26-34

THEME: OUR GOD REWARDS EVERY EFFORT

Beloved in Christ, today Mother Church invites us to reflect on what the kingdom of God is and how this relates to our lives. This tells us that like the beginnings of the kingdom of God, we are not to be discouraged by the seemingly lack of immediate success to our effort.

In addition, we are reminded not to be discouraged even if our effort at contributing to the establishment of the kingdom may be deemed insignificant.

My dear friends, God therefore invites us to make an effort just like the farmer who clears the land and plants the seed while admitting that the growth of the seed is however the work of God and not the work of the farmer. It is therefore a lack of effort that culminates in our rejection by God.

Remember, no matter how small the mustard seed is, when given time it becomes a bigger tree. We also need time and patience to allow God to bless our every effort.

But unfortunately,most of us are in a hurry and are impatient. We therefore need to learn how to wait.

Beloved, again there is no shortcut to growth and development, while the absence of dramatic signs does not mean growth is not taking place. But most Christians today think otherwise.

Some even think religion is a substitute for their effort. They end up spending productive hours in the name of religion and thus complain that they are poor.Don’t say what will my effort achieve, just do it and leave the ending to God.

Finally, beloved, resolve not to be discouraged by your seemingly insignificant beginnings for just like the beginnings of the kingdom, God will in the end vindicate all your efforts.

Therefore, always remember the words of St. Paul – we live by faith and not by sight.

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