Eleventh Sunday of Ordinary Time

Eleventh Sunday of Ordinary Time

“The Kingdom of God”

The readings this week invited us to reflect of God as the gardener of our lives. He is bringing about the Kingdom of God within us, but planting his Word and his presence in our lives, so that his love can grow and flourish.

The imagery of the seeds and shoots is a familiar one in the Scriptures, but perhaps this week gives us an opportunity to reflect more fruitfully on it. We may, like the mustard seed start off small, but by God’s grace something great and good can be brought to life.

As you begin these reflections each day spend a few moments repeating the phrase “Speak Lord, your servant it listening.” Then read the short passage from Sunday’s readings until you have memorised it. Read the questions and give yourself time to deeply consider your response. Once you have reflected for a few minutes, speak to the Lord, as you would to a friend, about what you have reflected upon.


The Lord says this: ‘From the top of the cedar, from the highest branch I will take a shoot and plant it myself on a very high mountain. (Ezekiel 17:22)

  • Where has the Lord planted you for your to grow?
  • From what stock has the Lord taken you?
  • When have you felt the Lord working in your life like a gardener?
  • Listen to what the Lord is saying to you about where you have come from and where you are now.


I will plant it on the high mountain of Israel. It will sprout branches and bear fruit, and become a noble cedar. (Ezekiel 17:23 )

  • What is noble in your life?
  • What fruit do you bear in your life?
  • What does God wish you to become?
  • What is the Lord saying to you about how he sees you and your potential?


 It is good to give thanks to the Lord to make music to your name, O Most High. (Psalm 91:2)

  • What part does music play in your spiritual life?
  • When do you feel you can sing God’s praises?
  • What do you want to give thanks for?
  • Listen to the Lord, the Most High.


For all the truth about us will be brought out in the law court of Christ, and each of us will get what he deserves for the things he did in the body, good or bad. (2 Corinthians 5:10)

  • What does facing the law court of Christ make you feel?
  • What do you think you deserve from God?
  • What have you done in the body for good?
  • What is the truth of the way the Lord sees you? Listen to him speaking the truth to your soul.


Alleluia, alleluia! The seed is the word of God, Christ is the sower; whoever finds the seed will remain for ever.

  • What is the word implanted in your heart?
  • What has Christ sown in you?
  • What does remaining forever mean to you?
  • Listen to the Lord who implants the seed of the word in you.


Jesus said to the crowds: ‘This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man throws seed on the land. Night and day, while he sleeps, when he is awake, the seed is sprouting and growing; how, he does not know.’  (Mark 4:26)

  • What is God doing in your life?
  • What is growing in you?
  • What needs to come to fruition in you?
  • What is the Lord saying to you about growth in your life?


He also said, ‘What can we say the kingdom of God is like? What parable can we find for it? It is like a mustard seed which at the time of its sowing in the soil is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; yet once it is sown it grows into the biggest shrub of the all and puts out big branches so that the birds of the air can shelter in its shade.’  (Mark 4:30-32)

  • What started off small in your life and has become great?
  • What shelter do you provide for others?
  • Where is the Kingdom of God in your life?
  • Listen to what the Lord is saying to you about the kingdom.

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