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Fr. Mark’s Desk - June 13, 2021
Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
“The kingdom of God 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”.

My mother used to have a saying that has stuck with me most of my life: “Organization is the key to success”. I have found that philosophy helpful in my personal life as well as my professional life. Organization works best when it begins with small things. It is difficult to organize something that is already out of control. But, organizing, beginning with small things, can make life go smoothly. I often think of this in relationship to businesses such as restaurants. A successful restaurant has figured every little detail, so that customers are unaware that any work went into it. This happens in schools when a teacher has a well-prepared lesson, in families when parents have well thought out boundaries, and societies that have effective laws. Success begins in small ways and grows into something larger than imagined.

Today’s parable of the mustard seed reflects this idea. Often faith, hope and love start in the smallest of ways and become something wonderful if cultivated and nourished. A friend of mine told me recently that she and her husband will celebrate 50 years of marriage soon. I have known this couple a large part of that 50 years, and I know how much effort and love went into them making it this long. What started as one moment in time, (a mustard seed), has evolved into something great.

Every one of our lives begins small. What happens with our lives eventually becomes our decision. How do we manage our time, talent, and treasure? How do we nurture and grow our faith? How organized are we with our lives? And most importantly, how does what we do with our life reflect our place in the kingdom of God? Seeds are not meant to remain seeds; they are intended to produce great fruit. So, with our lives. Go and bear fruit that will last.

INCLUSION OF OUR LADY OF THE RIDGE - Please begin to offer a daily prayer as we begin a new era for our parish with the inclusion of Our Lady of the Ridge beginning July 1. I am extremely optimistic about the future of this ‘new reality’.

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION - We will not have adoration on the Tuesdays of June 15 and June 22. Adoration will resume June 29.

MONDAY IS FLAG DAY - “Oh, say! Does that star spangled banner yet wave. O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.”

Have a great week!
Fr. Mark Walter - Pastor of St. Linus Parish

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