Pastors Desk: Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time / B

Posted 16th June 2018 in Pastor's Desk

Pastor’s Desk 17th June 2018 - Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time/B

treeI once knew a parish sister in my home parish who was, with the benefit of hindsight, far ahead of her time. From her many years working as a missionary in Africa, she realised the importance of encouraging parishioners to take on roles in the church.

Several people I know from that time, went on to work in ministry in the Diocese and I know that the advice they got from the parish sister really helped to shape their work in ministry.

Unfortunately, the parish sister did not live to see the fruits of her efforts but I think she would very much approve of the far greater involvement of lay people in the church in recent years which has been facilitated by courses in places like Mater Dei.
I thought of her when I read this Sunday’s gospel. It speaks about the farmer sowing the seed but not being aware of when and how tall it would grow.
I am reminded of words written about Archbishop Oscar Romero, who will be canonised by Pope Francis later this year.

“We plant the seeds that one day will grow.
We water seeds already planted, knowing that they hold future promise.
We lay foundations that will need further development.
We provide yeast that produces far beyond our capabilities.
We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation in realizing that.”

I think that most of us are workers rather than master builders helping to create the kingdom of God in the world that we live in today. We should ask the Holy Spirit to assist us in our work.

Even small gestures on our part can make a big difference in spreading the Gospel whether it is by assisting others, taking time for prayer and reflection or getting involved in the life of our parish. People can be encouraged by the example of our lives and we must never underestimate how a good life, well lived can be a great example to people on their journey of faith.

Let us remember that the seed that we spread in our lives can bear fruit in ways beyond what we can ever imagine.

Deacon Gerard