Lifelong Catechesis

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May 28, 2024

Ordinary Time

For a large part of the liturgical year, we devote ourselves to listening to the mystery of Christ in all its aspects unfolded as we seek God's truth and understanding.

Sunday Readings and Backgrounds

Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reading I : Ezekiel 17:22-24

I will plant it. It shall put forth branches and bear fruit.

  • Twice we hear the words "I will plant."
  • God makes promises and keeps them.
  • God will rebuild the Davidic dynasty; then people will know that God can restore a people’s destiny.
  • What God restores will put forth branches and bear fruit.

Reading II : 2 Corinthians 5:6-10

Walk by faith and not by sight.

  • The Apostle uses the word “home” to explain how we really belong to Christ instead of the world where we live and work.
  • The Lord is the distant homeland, believed in, but unseen.
  • At judgment, we will be revealed as we truly are.
  • We shall be valued not by our earthly monuments but by our imitation of the Lord who emptied himself and left behind no earthly possessions.

Gospel : Mark 4:26-34

Through Jesus will come the Kingdom of God.

  • Only Mark records this parable of the seed’s growth.
  • Here are two parables about growth from seed to full blooming plant. Sower and harvester are the same.
  • The Kingdom of God develops quietly yet powerfully until it is fully bloomed.
  • The Kingdom of God was initiated by Jesus.