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11th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Dear Friend

In this week’s Gospel reading, Jesus shares the parable of the Mustard Seed, giving his disciples an insight into what the Kingdom of God is like. It is a place where the smallest seeds can grow into the largest of all plants, offering abundant life and shade for all creatures.

Sometimes when we post online, it can feel like the sowing of the smallest seed. Our impact amid all the noise on social media feels minimal – we might have a couple of dozen followers, rather than the hundreds of thousands that other accounts have. And yet Jesus’ parable offers us hope – that our small impact might indeed grow into something even greater.

This month, Pope Francis asks us to pray for social networks. He notes that: ‘The Internet is a gift of God, but it is also a great responsibility. Communication technology, its places, its instruments have brought with it a lengthening of horizons, a widening, for so many people. It can offer immense possibilities for encounter and solidarity.’

One prayer that encapsulates this is an adaptation of St Teresa of Avila’s ‘Christ has no body’. It goes as follows:

Christ has no online presence but yours,
No blog, no Facebook page but yours,
Yours are the tweets through which his love touches the world,
Yours are the post through which the Gospel is shared,
Yours are the updates through which hope is revealed.
Christ has no online presence but yours,
No blog, no Facebook page but yours.


May you be Christ-like in your online interactions this month.

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Damien Nolan
Director
Jesuit Communications

 

Season of the Spirit

 

Reflection: The Kingdom of God

Reflection: The Kingdom of God

 

Our readings this week are full of hope and confidence. May we grow in joyful hope as we pray and ponder them. The theme of growth, seeds and trees winds in and out of these readings. So does the notion of universality: God’s kingdom is for the whole of humanity.

 

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Feature: Truth Matters

Feature: Truth Matters

 

We usually understand that to forbid telling lies. But bearing false witness in the ancient world was a special kind of lie that had lethal consequences. The commandment forbids us to lay false charges against our enemies or competitors. 

 

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Prayers of the people

Prayers of the people

 

To search the gospel for a definition of the reign of God is to find no decisive answer. What we discover is a swag of stories that baffle as much as they shed light. The parables tease our literal mindset. They contest our addiction to empirical results.

 

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Homilist notes

Homilist notes

 

The Gospel for today, Mark 4:26-34, features two of Jesus’ parables, followed by a comment from the evangelist concerning Jesus practice of speaking in parables. As is generally the case in regard to the parables, the two featured here concern what the “Kingdom of God” is “like”.

 

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Music: Suggestions for Sunday

Music: Suggestions for Sunday

 

This week's music suggestion comes from Our Lady of Carmel Parish, Wentworthville, which  provides resources for liturgical preparation and formation. Click to see suggestions for sacred music for this Sunday.

 

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Refugee Week

Refugee Week

 

In Season of the Spirit Week 5, Refugee Week (17-23 June), we consider ways in which we can contribute to making life more welcoming to refugees.

 

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