ELEVENTH SUNDAY IN THE ORDINARY TIME, YEAR B
13th June 2021
Ezekiel 17:22-24; 2 Corinthians 5:6-10; Mark 4:26-34.
Jesus Christ explains the kingdom of God to the crowd as a mustard seed that will grow in the hearts of all believers. How the growth will come about is unknown, but the growth will flourish as to shelter others in the truth of salvation. The Good News of salvation will well up goodness in the hearts of all believers. The goodness will attract the rest of humanity to the wonderful life of the redeemed in Christ.
The crowd in the gospel represent unbelief, a people without identity. The Good news of salvation will transform them into the people of God. The effort will be to unravel by reason the message implied in the parable. They will exercise their free will by making the fundamental option for God. That is all it will take for the work of transformation to take place. The first reading highlights the work of transformation carried by God himself. ‘…from the highest branch I will take a shoot and plant it myself…’ the growth will be a manifestation of the Glory of God.
The transformation into God’s people will make us long to please God. This is what St. Paul meant in his letter to the Corinthians as shown in the second reading –‘…going as we do by faith and not by sight – we are full of confidence, I say, and actually want to be exiled from the body and make our home with the Lord’. The grace of God will guide our actions as we opt for Him. It does not make us less humans to invest our will in God; rather it keeps us safe from the many realities calling for similar allegiance of the will. The mustard seed of the parable is the smallest of all seeds, but it grows to become the biggest of trees shading the birds of the air from the sun and rain. We shall be like the mustard seed, growing into an inclusive humanity.
Anthony Ekpunobi, CM.