Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B-2012 - Vincentian Encyclopedia

Fordham College at Lincoln Center Mc Kean Hall

Fordham College at Lincoln Center Mc Kean Hall

Keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, the leader and perfecter of faith (Heb 12: 2-NABRE)

Jesus teaches that the kingdom of God the end. Inaugurated by him through his ministry of preaching and healing, the kingdom develops in its due time until it is fully established. Such fullness will be attained when the same Jesus returns and when all nations appear before his judgment seat, so that he will definitively determine who will inherit the kingdom.

From the human point of view, of course, there is a great distance between the beginning of the kingdom and its full establishment. Awaiting us, the Church, the people of God and the kingdom of Christ now present in mystery [1], is a long and difficult pilgrimage toward the enduring city that is to eat (Heb 13:14).

And due to life's shadows, we can easily lose sight of its lights, just as the persecutions of the world may hide from us the consolations of God. Perhaps we are so focused on the smallness of the beginning of the Church or the kingdom that we hardly notice its universal or catholic character.

But really we can not, Church, lock ourselves up for fear of persecutors or critics or for any hardship. We are not allowed to think of ourselves as a sect or "remnant church-small and pure church that is itself often in opposition to the world around it" [3]. The justification for retreat is always prayer, accompanied by reflection in preparation for the mission of making disciples of all nations.

We should also reflect on whether we have ourselves deceived by false prophets as those leaders who did not heed Prophet Ezekiel. Rejecting the prophetic utterance, they allied themselves with the Egyptians and rebelled against the Chaldeans. If, like them, we decide on the basis of which our bread is buttered, bending our hearts to gain and not to God's precepts (Ps 119: 36), to the powerful, to political or ecclesiastical career, to the subjection of others, rather than a more authentic Christianity that is closer to the Jesus of the Gospel, then it is our benefit to renew our trust in God and to remember that God can do everything, notwithstanding what might have happened before [5] .

Indeed, God does what he says, bringing low the high tree and lifting the lowly, turning sowing into reaping. It is he who guarantees the small mustard to grow unstoppably, albeit silently and mysteriously, into a large plant that is a welcome haven for the birds of the sky. He gives us the capacity to please him, whether we are at home or away. He makes possible our faithfulness in small things to blossom into faithfulness in greater things, the St. Vincent de Paul reminds us [6].

Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B-2012 - Vincentian Encyclopedia

11 ° Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year B-2012

Fixed the eyes on initiating and completing our faith (Heb 12, 2)

Jesus teaches that the kingdom of God begins very small but in the end it becomes great. Inaugurated by him through his ministry of preaching and healing, the kingdom is developed in its time until it is fully established. The fullness will be fulfilled when Jesus himself returns and when in his court all nations appear to be definitively determined who will be given the kingdom by inheritance.

Of course, from the human point of view, there is great distance between the beginning of the kingdom and its full establishment. To the Church, the people of God and the kingdom of Christ present in mystery today, we await a long and difficult pilgrimage towards the future and perennial city.

And by the shadows of life we ​​can easily lose sight of its lights, just as it is possible that the persecutions of the world hide the consolations of God. Perhaps we focus so much on the smallness that is the beginning of the Church or the kingdom that we hardly notice its universal or Catholic character.

But we can not really shut ourselves up for fear of persecutors or critics or any difficulty. We are not allowed to take us for a sect or a remnant church, small and pure and in opposition to the hostile world. The justification for retreat is always prayer accompanied by reflection in preparation for the mission of making disciples of all peoples.

We will also reflect on whether or not we are deceived by false prophets, such as those leaders who ignored the prophet Ezekiel. Rejecting the prophetic pronouncement, they allied with the Egyptians and rebelled against the Chaldeans. If we approach, like them, the sun that warms the most, inclining our heart to interest more than the precepts of God, not to a Christianity more authentic and close to the Jesus of the Gospel, but to the power of turn, the political career or ecclesiastical, in having subjected others, then it is good for us to renew our trust in God and to remember that he can do everything, notwithstanding what would have happened before.

If the Lord does what he says, humbling the tall trees and praising the little ones, and bringing the sowing to the harvest. He is the one who guarantees that the little mustard seed grows, in an unstoppable way, without being very quiet and mysterious, until it becomes the largest of the bushes, a pleasant refuge for the birds of the sky. He enables us to please him, in exile or at home. He makes it possible for fidelity in the little, as Saint Vincent de Paul reminds us, to become faithfulness in much (XI, 269-272).

And the Lord says that earthly bread and wine should be heavenly bread and spiritual drink for us, for like the prophet Elijah, the way of the pilgrims is long.

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This other basket was a commitment that my sister Marga had, I did not know what to give, the idea of ​​decorating and charming. Its inner part is plastified so that the fabric does not stain or stain everything that may have contact with it.