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Power of Faith

Background Music: Panalangin by Mark Anthony Cuevas
    Voiced by: Shirly Benedictos

June 16, Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
Daily Readings: Ezekiel 17:22-24; 2 Corinthians 5:6-10; Mark 4:26-34

The first reading presents the power of the Lord, illustrating how God can bring down the high tree, lift the low tree, wither the green tree, and make the withered tree bloom.

In Paul's letter to the Corinthians, he encourages them to be courageous, walking by faith and not by sight, always ready to go home to the Lord.

Today's Gospel compares the Kingdom of God to a seed growing by itself. Once scattered in the soil, whether the farmer is asleep or awake, the seeds will grow.

The parable of the mustard seed teaches us that although the Kingdom of God starts small, it eventually expands its horizons. Many come to believe in the Word of God and undergo conversion during this expansion.

One doctor started her clinic in a remote area, charging only a minimal fee because she knew people couldn't afford more. Her mission was to help poor patients. Eventually, her clinic became so well-known that patients from far away came for consultations. It wasn't because the fees were low, but rather because the patients received cures. Many admired her and said she was "hulog ng langit" (heaven-sent by God).

This story is comparable to the mustard seed that Jesus used to describe the Kingdom of God. The clinic was initially small and in a non-strategic location. However, due to the effectiveness of the treatments, it grew in reputation, spreading by word of mouth.

Call to Action for Catholic Living: This is akin to the Word of God, which Paul spread to different places, converting many to believe in God.

Lord, help us to spread Your word through our deeds. Amen.


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