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EUCHARISTIC ADORATION

THROUGH THE LITURGICAL YEAR (Vol. 14, n. 29)

11th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

June 17, 2018

“JESUS SAVIOR: He Shows the Power of Small Beginnings”

   

 

(+) In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

(A moment of silence)

 

SONG: A suitable Eucharistic hymn or any other appropriate song may be sung.

 

INTRODUCTION

(Cf. Robert Hugh Benson in Meditations on the Sunday Gospels, Year B, ed. John Rotelle, New York: New City Press, p. 94)

Here is Christ himself saying, as plainly as words can do it, that the kingdom of heaven will utterly change its appearance from being a small round seed, simple in shape and color and texture, to the semblance of a vast, elaborate, glorious tree, of a thousand surfaces and curves, of innumerable branches, twigs, leaves, fibers and roots; from a seed which a bird can eat, to a tree in which a colony of birds may live.

 

SILENT ADORATION  

OPENING PRAYER

Leader: Lord,

we rejoice that you are our creator and ruler.

As we call upon your generosity,

renew and keep us in your love.

Grant this through Christ our Lord.

Assembly: Amen.

  

Part I

JESUS MASTER TRUTH

Listening to the Word

 

FIRST READING: Ez 17:22-24

RESPONSORIAL PSALM

SECOND READING: II Cor 5:6-10

GOSPEL READING: Mk 4:26-34

 

POINTS FOR PERSONAL REFLECTION

The parable of the growing seed tells about a farmer who scatters seed in his field. While he sleeps at night and is up and about during the day, all the while the seed sprouts and grows. The farmer does not know how it happens, but the growing seed yields ripe grain for harvest. In this parable, Jesus underlines the inevitable growth of the kingdom of God. The kingdom has already irrupted into the world in Jesus’ ministry. Just as the scattered seed leads mysteriously to harvest, the heavenly kingdom has an irresistible power to grow and reach its full destiny. The kingdom grows because of the God-driven principle that powers its growth and maturation.

The second parable is about the mustard seed, the smallest seed in the world. Planted in the ground, it grows and becomes the biggest of all plants. Birds come and make their nests in its shady branches. In this parable, Jesus contrasts the insignificant beginning of the extremely small seed and the enormous size of the full-grown bush. The image of a tiny mustard seed growing into the grandiose bush underlines the universal expanse of God’s kingdom that would encompass all nations, as well as Israel.

Jesus invites us to extol the power of small beginnings. We are called to sow the seed of the kingdom in today’s world as well as to trust in the Holy Spirit who powers the growing kingdom. Let us do our part in sowing the seed, and God will bless our humble initiative on behalf of his kingdom.            

 

SONG: A Eucharistic hymn, a song of praise or any appropriate song may be sung.

 

 

Part II

JESUS MASTER WAY

Confrontation with the Word

 

POINTS FOR THE EXAMINATION OF THE HEART

Do we believe in the power of small beginnings and in the inevitable growth of the kingdom of God? Do we trust greatly in the power of God who can do all things in us?

 

PRAYING WITH THE WORD

Loving Father,

we are fascinated by how a seed,

scattered and sown in the ground by a dutiful farmer,

can grow into a vigorous plant and yield a rich harvest.

We are awed even more greatly

by the irresistible growth of the heavenly kingdom,

sown by Jesus into the field of salvation history

through his saving ministry.

We thank and praise you

for the miracle of the mustard-seed beginning of your kingdom,

which continues to extend its life-giving fruitfulness

to all peoples of the earth.

Help us to put our trust in you

and to believe in the power of small beginnings.

You are our hope and our joy, now and forever.

Amen.

 

SONG: A Eucharistic hymn, a song of praise or any appropriate song may be sung.

 

Part III

JESUS LIFE

Acting upon the Word

  

PERSONAL PRAYER

CONTEMPLATING WITH MARY THE FACE OF CHRIST: The Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary may be prayed in part or in full.

 

THE WAY OF SOLIDARITY: PRAYER OF INTERCESSION

Leader: Let us raise our voices in praise to our loving and merciful God and implore with confidence. 

(R.) LORD, HEAR OUR PRAYER!

1. For the Holy Father’s General Intention for this month of June: that social networks may work towards that inclusiveness which respects others for their differences. We pray: (R.)

2. That we may trust in the power of small beginnings as we sow the seeds of the kingdom and experience that “of ourselves we can do nothing, but with God we can do all”. We pray:  (R.)

3. That in the vicissitudes and tragedies of today’s world we may keep faith that God is the Lord of history, and that we may promote the saving will of our sovereign God. We pray:  (R.)

4. That we may truly “walk by faith and not by sight” and that as we journey to our true home, we may do what is pleasing to the Lord. We pray: (R.)

5. That the blood poured out by the modern-day Christian martyrs may bring about the conversion of their aggressors and call forth the balm of God’s healing peace upon the world; that the afflictions of the victims of man-made and natural calamities may evoke compassionate gestures of human solidarity; that the moral fiber of today’s youth may be strengthened; that the drought-stricken lands may be watered and bear abundant fruit; that the sick may rise from their bed of pain; and that our beloved dead may rest in peace. We pray: (R.)

6. For all Fathers: that, as we celebrate Father’s Day today, they may be blessed abundantly by the Lord and may image the loving paternity of God. We pray: (R.)

 (Other prayers may be added.)

 

THE LORD’S PRAYER

CONCLUDING PRAYER 

Leader: Lord,

may all Christian people both know and cherish

the heavenly gifts they have received.

We ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord.

Assembly: Amen.

 

FINAL SONG: A Eucharistic hymn, a song of praise or any appropriate song may be sung.

 

  

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Prepared by Sr. Mary Margaret Tapang PDDM

   

 

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