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17 June 2018

11th Sunday in Ordinary Time

1st: Ezekiel 17:22-24
Ps: 91:2-3, 13-16
2nd: 2 Corinthians 5:6-10
Gospel:  Mark 4:26-34

The kingdom of God is a mustard seed growing into the biggest shrub of all.

Jesus said to the crowds: ‘This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man throws seed on the land. Night and day, while he sleeps, when he is awake, the seed is sprouting and growing; how, he does not know. Of its own accord the land produces first the shoot, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. And when the crop is ready, he loses no time: he starts to reap because the harvest has come.’

  He also said, ‘What can we say the kingdom of God is like? What parable can we find for it? It is like a mustard seed which at the time of its sowing in the soil is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; yet once it is sown it grows into the biggest shrub of them all and puts out big branches so that the birds of the air can shelter in its shade.’

  Using many parables like these, he spoke the word to them, so far as they were capable of understanding it. He would not speak to them except in parables, but he explained everything to his disciples when they were alone.

Say among the nations, The Lord reigns!

(…) The kingdom is thus God’s effective but mysterious action in the universe and in the tangle of human events. He overcomes the resistance of evil with patience, not with arrogance and outcry.

For this reason Jesus compares the kingdom of God to a mustard seed, the smallest of all seeds, but destined to become a leafy tree (cf. Mt 13: 31-32), or to the seed a man scatters on the ground:  “he sleeps and rises night and day, and the seed sprouts and grows, he knows not how” (Mk 4: 27). The kingdom is grace, God’s love for the world, the source of our serenity and trust:  “Fear not, little flock”, Jesus says, “for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom” (Lk 12: 32). Fears, worries and nightmares fade away, because in the person of Christ the kingdom of God is in our midst (cf. Lk 17: 21).
St. John Paul II, General Audience, 6 December, 2000

THIS WEEK’S FEASTS
Tue 19 St. Romuald, Abbot  
Thu 21 St. Aloysius Gonzaga, Religious 
Fri 22 Ss. John Fisher, Bishop, and Thomas More, Martyrs.
Also, St. Paulinus of Nola, Bishop 
Sat 23 Ss. Zenon and Zena and Martyrs of Transjordania (in our diocese).
Also, Memorial of BVM.
Sun 24  Birthday of St. John the Baptist Solemnity. 

Psalter week III

Readings for the Nativity of St. John the Baptist:
1st: Isaiah 49:1-6
Ps: 138:1-3,13-15
2nd: Acts 13:22-26
Gospel: Luke 1:57-66,80

The Birth of St. John the Baptist

Just as with the Saviour’s birth, that of his forerunner happened in a remarkable way.  Zechariah and Elizabeth, “both advanced in years” and “just in the eyes of God,” (Lk 1:6) had long prayed for offspring but Elizabeth was barren. One day, when Zechariah executed his priestly duties offering incense in the temple, an angel appeared to him saying that Elizabeth would bear a son whom they shall call John, he would be “filled with the Holy Spirit even from his mother’s womb,” and convert many to God. (1:8-15). But as Zechariah did not believe, he was struck dumb until Elizabeth gave birth. When that day came, everyone rejoiced with her and on the day of the child’s circumcision, when they were going to call him Zechariah like his father, the mother said, “No. He will be called John” even though no one in her family had that name, and consulted about this matter,

Zechariah wrote in a tablet, “John is his name” and immediately he could talk again and began praising God. The people were amazed and wondered what this child would be. Zechariah prophesied: “… And you, child, will be called prophet of the Most High, for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways, to give his people knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins.” (Lk 1:76-77).

St. John the Baptist, pray for us

Weekly News

Congratulations to our Newly Appointed Eucharistic Ministers. We pray for Francis Alcock, Joseph McDonnell, Stephen Gannon and William Watkinson. May God bless them and their families.

2nd Collection Next Week to help Archangel Michael Hospice

2017 Vatican statistics: there are 1.28 Billion+ Catholics in the world. Brazil, Mexico, Philippines, USA, Italy, France, Colombia, Spain, D. R. of Congo and Argentina are the countries with the most Catholics, accounting for 56% of the world’s Catholic population. Praise the Lord. We pray for the perseverance and holiness of all Catholics.

Hospice 3rd Anniversary Dinner Wed 20 June 7pm, Giorgio’s Restaurant. LAST CALL> Let Fr. Jim know by Sunday night 9979 3169.

CARITAS Paphos Assisting the vulnerable in the Paphos area. If you can lend a helping hand, call Wendy 9904 0294. Prayers help too!

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