The Kingdom of God is Like…

For 13 June 2021, Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, based on Mark 4:26–34

Jesus said to the crowds, ‘The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how. The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head. But when the grain is ripe, at once he goes in with his sickle, because the harvest has come.’

He also said, ‘With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.’

With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it; he did not speak to them except in parables, but he explained everything in private to his disciples.

Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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About Marie-Augustin Laurent-Huyghues-Beaufond OP

Br. Marie-Augustin Laurent-Huyghues-Beaufond joined the Province of France in 2008 and was ordained a priest in 2015. Currently assigned to the Saint Olaf house / Studium Catholicum Cultural Centre in Helsinki, Finland, he works in ecumenical, academic and cultural circles.