Let’s take a look at some of the major themes we find in the readings for the 11th Sunday of Ordinary Time.
1st Reading – Ezekiel 17:22-24
- The prophet offers the cedar as a sign of God’s restoration for the people of Israel, which will be ultimately fulfilled in the Kingdom of God.
- God’s power reigns supreme over all creation.
Psalm – 92:2-3,13-14,15-16
- “Lord, it is good to give thanks to you.”
- God is praised for mighty deeds that bring blessings to those who live holy lives.
2nd Reading – 2nd Corinthians 5:6-10
- We remain courageous as we follow the Lord in faith.
- In both life and death we belong to the Lord, from whom we will receive recompense for the good or evil we have done.
Gospel – Mark 4:26-34
- This passage offers two parables about the kingdom of God that highlight the contrast between the humble beginnings of a seed and the final glory of a mature plant.
- The simple start of a small seed reminds us that God’s power touches the little and the lowly, resulting in a final creation beyond our expectation.