Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)

We are back in the Ordinary Time and the liturgy presents this interesting gospel. The people who heard Jesus tell the parable also shared the wonder of the soil. The farmer works hard during the day, but he can't make the seed grow into a plant, and the plant produce fruit. God causes the growth. In our modern terms, the farmer creates the best environment for growing, but God causes the growth. Jesus' point is that the Kingdom of God is, like the plants, in God's hands. The workers in the Lord's fields must do their best to create the proper environment for growth, but God cause the growth. This parable was important for the people of the early Church in face of discouragement when their efforts don't seem to be getting them anywhere[1].

 God does give growth, that’s the point. We have to be convinced about this. You know, the Church lives on despite the persecution from the Romans, despite internal fights and debates of the second through fifth centuries, despite the Fall of Rome and conquest of the barbarians, despite the corruption in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, despite the clergy sex abuse scandal, despite internal attacks; the Church still lives on, and grows. God gives the growth. He does wonders with our frail and poor efforts [I mean] He turns that which is insignificant into that which is substantial.

My brother, my sister, we are members of the greatest society the world has ever seen. We are members of the Kingdom of God. We are members of the Church. No matter what the media may comment, we are part of the only truly relevant organization in the world. We give meaning to the whole purpose of existence. No matter what the media may say, the Church continues to grow.  For the Lord, not people, gives the growth.
Therefore, when you are confronted with media attacks upon religion, a media, remember the Church is forever. And when you are confronted with those who compare the numbers of priests and priestless parishes and the numbers of Catholics to figures of fifty years ago, remember the Church is forever.

Therefore, when you are confronted with immorality on all sides, when you are convinced that the world is coming to an end because so many people are behaving so poorly, because you, as we all, are often inclined to join them, do not despair, the Catholic Church not only lives on through the confusion, it actually grows. You and I also grow as long as we do everything we can to stay united to the Church. For in the face of turmoil, outside us and within us, God gives his Church growth. And you and I, right here, St. Vincent de Paul, although a small unit, are still the Church.

As St. Paul tells the Corinthians in today's second reading: we walk by faith, not by sigh[2]t… May we always stay united to Church so God might work the miracle of His growth through us ■

[1] Sunday 17th June, 2012, 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time. Readings: Ezekiel 17:22-24. Lord, it is good to give thanks to you—Ps 91(92):2-3, 13-16. 2 Corinthians 5:6-10. Mark 4:26-34.
[2] Cfr 2 Cor 5:6-10.

Y entonces uno se queda con la Iglesia, que me ofrece lo único que debe ofrecerme la Iglesia: el conocimiento de que ya estamos salvados –porque esa es la primera misión de la Iglesia, el anunciar la salvación gracias a Jesucristo- y el camino para alcanzar la alegría, pero sin exclusividades de buen pastor, a través de esa maravilla que es la confesión y los sacramentos. La Iglesia, sin partecitas.

laus deo virginique matris