Eleventh Week of Ordinary Time: June 12 - 18, 2005
Alexander, Andy, S.J.
Collaborative Ministry Office
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The Eleventh Week of Ordinary Time"As you go, make this proclamation:'The kingdom of heaven is at hand.'Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, drive out demons. Without cost you have received; without cost you are to give."This is from the gospel for the Eleventh Week of Ordinary Time, Jesus tells us "The harvest is plenty but the laborers are few" and calls us to join him in his work.As we continue reading the Second Letter to the Corinthians, Paul is defending himself. He tells the people of Corinth and us not to receive the grace of God in vain. Paul reminds them about generosity and cheerful giving. He boasts about his weakness, which he had at first begged to be freed from by the Lord, who said to him:."My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness."We continue Jesus' Sermon on the Mount in Matthew's Gospel. Jesus calls us beyond simply being moral. His message is not an "eye for an eye," but turning the other cheek, loving our enemies and praying for them. Jesus warns us about performing good deeds for others to see. He teaches us to pray simply, because our Father knows what we need. Where our treasure is, there our heart will be. We can't serve several masters in life, so we can stop worrying so much and place our trust in God alone. "But seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given you besides."All of this leads us to the Twelfth Sunday of Ordinary Time in which Jesus tells us to fear no one. God will take care of us, so we can be courageous in proclaiming this Good News to others.