Eleventh Sunday of Ordinary Time

 FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Sunday June 17, 2018      Week Eleven of Ordinary Time   WORD of the DAY  He said, “This is how it is with the kingdom of God; it is as if a man were to scatter seed on the land and would sleep and rise night and day and the seed would sprout and grow, he knows not how.  Of its own accord the land yields fruit, first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear.  And when the grain is ripe, he wields the sickle at once, for the harvest has come. (Mark 4: 26-29)     How shall I live this Word?  In the splendid and brief parable of the seed, which is exclusive to Mark,  I was struck and amazed at a very significant Greek term which must be understood well. The parable of Jesus states that in the impact of the seed with the earth there is a dynamic process of fruitfulness that occurs spontaneously. Between the sowing and the harvest there is an interval, highlighted in the text, in which everything is entrusted to the seed and to the earth, and in which God seems...