June 13, 2021, 11th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Theme: “Living in Christ: Manifesting Productiveness”

Homily by Fr. Erel Villanueva

First Reading: Ezekiel 17 : 22 – 24

Second Reading: 2 Corinthians 5 : 1 – 10

Psalm Reading: Psalm 92 : 1 – 2; 6 -7 ; 12 – 15

Gospel Reading: Mark 4 : 26 – 34

Our scripture reading today assures us that the Word of God, The Seed of the kingdom, would surely grow and produce in our lives. Yes, we also have to do our part like a in a normal farm. The soil should be plowed or cultivated to make it fertile, and you need to provide a fitting atmosphere for planting.

It means that is our responsibility to make our hearts fertile and ready to be planted with the Word of God through repentance, humility, and willingness to receive and obey what we have heard. This is a very clear distinction between human responsibility and God’s sovereignty.

The process of how the Word of God grows inside of us and changes our lives is all through God’s grace and mercy. The growth is a process, and if it is constant, it will yield bountiful harvest.

But no matter how good the seed is, it’s still our decision to accept or reject it. This will determine whether the seed will be fruitful or unfruitful, or produce or not produce in our lives. If it’s not producing, then there is something wrong in the soil — and that is our heart, not the seed.

So, let’s examine our lives today. For many years of hearing the Word of God, can we see in our lives the fruits that they have produced? Whatever is the result, one thing is for sure – there is nothing wrong with the seed. It is perfect and it will always grow and prosper where you plant it.

So is the Kingdom of God, it continues to grow surely and steadily up to eternity.

By Fr. Erel Villanueva

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