Seed Grows of Itself and The Mustard Seed

June 13, 2021

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Sunday Scripture Readings

EZ 17:22-24 PS 92:2-3, 13-14, 15-16 2 COR 5:6-10

Explore the Sunday Gospel

EXPLORA EL EVANGELIO DEL DOMINGO

MK 4:26-34

Jesus said to the crowds:
“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 through it all 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.”

He said,
“To what shall we compare the kingdom of God,
or what parable can we use for it?
It is like a mustard seed that, when it is sown in the ground,
is the smallest of all the seeds on the earth.
But once it is sown, it springs up and becomes the largest of plants
and puts forth large branches,
so that the birds of the sky can dwell in its shade.”
With many such parables
he spoke the word to them as they were able to understand it.
Without parables he did not speak to them,
but to his own disciples he explained everything in private.

CONOCE A NUESTRA FAMILIA EXTENDIDA:

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Servant of God Luis de Cáncer, O.P. (Feast Day June 26)

c. 1500 – June 26, 1549

Fr. Luis de Cáncer de Barbastro, O.P., was a Dominican priest and Spanish missionary to the New World. In 1542 he went to the territory of Guatemala and successfully ministered to the Mayan people. Aware of their sensitivity for music and their mistrust of Europeans, he used song as a first means of contact. The Dominican friars translated the content of their preaching into rhythmic poetic form using the different languages of the region and employing images and musical expressions from the local cultures. Fr. Cáncer mastered the different dialects of the area and was the composer of Christian canticles in these native languages. His evangelization efforts were so successful that an area that was known for violence was renamed the “Province of True Peace.” He believed that aggression and violence were counter-productive to the spread of the Gospel and that the native peoples needed to be treated with dignity.

Following his missionary success in Guatemala, Fr. Cáncer went on a mission to Florida in 1549. His expedition set sail from Mexico and landed just north of modern-day Tampa Bay. Fr. Cáncer celebrated Mass in Florida on the Feast of Corpus Christi. At first the missionaries were welcomed by the native peoples, who knelt in prayer as Fr. Cáncer chanted litanies to God and to the saints. However, this welcome did not last long. Two of Fr. Cáncer’s companions went ashore to stay with the natives, but soon perished at the hands of their hosts. When Fr. Cáncer heard word of the killing, he resolved to continue with the mission despite the danger. On June 26, he made his way ashore where he was clubbed to death in sight of the rest who were still in the boat. Though not a canonized saint, he is nevertheless regarded by those working for the canonization of the martyrs of La Florida as the “proto-martyr” of Florida.

TOMA TIEMPO PARA COMPARTIR

Take time to chat

·       Fill in the blank with your own description. The Kingdom of God is like ___________.

·       What is Jesus trying to teach us in the first part of the Gospel reading?

·       In the second half of the Gospel reading, Jesus is teaching us about how the Kingdom of God will grow in spite of its small beginnings. In what way does God want to use your family to spread the Good News of Jesus and build the Kingdom of God?

·       Fr. Cáncer and the Dominican friars used music to evangelize native cultures. How can music be used to evangelize today? What is your favorite church hymn or Christian song?

RECETA DE LA SEMANA

Recipe of the week

Make Ahead Breakfast Bake

This delicious breakfast recipe contains dry mustard, which reminds us of today’s parable of the mustard seed. Dry mustard is made by toasting mustard seeds for 20 seconds in a dry skillet and grinding them in a spice grinder.

1 lb. bulk sausage (breakfast or mild/sweet Italian work well)

3 cups day old bread, cut into ½ inch cubes

1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (about 4 ounces)

6 eggs, lightly beaten

2 cups whole milk

½ tsp. salt

½ tsp. black pepper

½ tsp. dry mustard (you can substitute 1 ½ tsp of prepared Dijon or Yellow mustard)

Crumble sausage in skillet, cook over medium heat until browned, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and drain well. Spread bread cubes into bottom of buttered 13x9x2 dish. Top bread cubes with crumbled, browned sausage, and cheese. Combine eggs, milk, salt, pepper, and mustard. Beat well and pour over bread/sausage/cheese. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Bake, uncovered, at 350 F until knife inserted in center comes out clean – about 40-50 minutes. Yield: 6-8 servings.

Used with permission from: Ladies Auxiliary of the Knights of Peter Claver, Court 247, “All of Our Favorites Millenium Cookbook”

DIVERSIÓN FAMILIAR

Family Fun

Plant a Garden

Create your own garden in a dedicated space in your backyard or in pots. Plant your seeds in rich soil and water them as needed. Be sure they get the right amount of sunlight. Over time, you will see your seeds grow and be reminded of today’s parable!

OTRAS IDEAS

Other Ideas

ORACIÓN FAMILIAR

Family Prayer

Litany of Humility

The mustard seed is neither large nor impressive. However, it has its purpose according to God’s will. The Litany of Humility reminds us that we need not be large nor impressive to carry out God’s will for our lives. Invite one family member to lead this litany; responses are in bold.

O Jesus, meek and humble of heart, Hear me.

From the desire of being esteemed, Deliver me, Jesus.

From the desire of being loved, Deliver me, Jesus.

From the desire of being extolled, Deliver me, Jesus.

From the desire of being honored, Deliver me, Jesus.

From the desire of being praised, Deliver me, Jesus.

From the desire of being preferred to others, Deliver me, Jesus.

From the desire of being consulted, Deliver me, Jesus.

From the desire of being approved, Deliver me, Jesus.

From the fear of being humiliated, Deliver me, Jesus.

From the fear of being despised, Deliver me, Jesus.

From the fear of suffering rebukes, Deliver me, Jesus.

From the fear of being calumniated, Deliver me, Jesus.

From the fear of being forgotten, Deliver me, Jesus.

From the fear of being ridiculed, Deliver me, Jesus.

From the fear of being wronged, Deliver me, Jesus.

From the fear of being suspected, Deliver me, Jesus.

That others may be loved more than I, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.

That others may be esteemed more than I, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.

That, in the opinion of the world, others may increase and I may decrease, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.

That others may be chosen and I set aside, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.

That others may be praised and I go unnoticed, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.

That others may be preferred to me in everything, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.

That others may become holier than I, provided that I may become as holy as I should, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.

Amen.

Liturgy Link

Liga a la Liturgia

The mustard seed is the smallest of seeds yet becomes the largest of plants. What is the smallest thing you see in the church? What is the largest?

Unleashing the Gospel in your Family

Haz Llegar el Evangelioen tu Familia

Share the story of the Gospel using your own words to someone outside of your immediate family.

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The Kingdom of God is the manifestation and the realization of God’s plan of salvation in all its fullness. (St. John Paul II, Redemptoris Missio, #15)