11th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME Yr B
The mustard seed, the smallest of all the seeds, grows into the biggest shrub of all.
Last weekend our region celebrated the annual WINERY WALKABOUT with thousands taking part in the beauty, cuisine, wines, and chilly weather. It included the annual grape-stomping competition with competitors crushing grapes with their bare feet to extract the juice. It was a sight to behold and a recipe for laughter and fun.
But what about the grape vines? They all look dead! Four months ago they sported brilliant green coats of leaves with the fruit already ripening on the vine. Autumn came and with it the harvest. Autumn went and along came winter when leaves turned golden, then brown and began rotting on the ground… or in your spouting!
How astonishing that the vines – now seemingly dead – will rejuvenate with spring and summer and once again bear ‘the nectar of the gods’ to bring joy and laughter! We live in a magical world with seasons for everything – including mankind.
In his comedy As You Like lt, Shakespeare has Jacques – a very melancholic (pessimistic) character – reflecting morosely on life’s seasons through which we pass. Although written more than 400 years ago, it still provides sober content for reflection:
“All the World’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players:
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages.
At first, the infant,
Muling and puking in the nurse’s arms.
Then, the whining school-boy, with his satchel,
And shining morning face, creeping like snail
Unwillingly to school.
And then, the lover,
Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad
Made to his mistress’ eyebrow.
Then, a soldier,
Full of strange oaths, and, bearded like the pard,
Jealous in honour, sudden and quick in quarrel,
Seeking the bubble reputation
Even in the cannon’s mouth.
And then, the justice,
In fair round belly, with good capon lin’d
With eyes severe, and beard of formal cut,
Full of wise saws and modern instances:
And so he plays his part.
The sixth age shifts
Into the lean and slippered pantaloons,
With spectacles on nose, and pouch on side:
His youthful hose well sav’d, a world too wide
For his shrunk shank: and his big manly voice,
Turning again towards childish treble, pipes
And whistles in his sound.
Last scene of all,
That ends this strange eventful history,
Is second childishness, and mere oblivion:
Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.
(As You Like It, Ac ii, Sc. vii, 139-166)
(muling = bawling; pard = leopard; capon = food – tasty chicken; saws = sayings; sans = without).
Shakespeare often reminded his audiences they were just watching a play on a stage; and here he is poking fun at Jacques through his own speech; but he makes us ponder life’s serious issues.
Today’s parable of the mustard seed invites us to ponder the Kingdom of God and how it grows to be a haven for all. What images can we find about us in nature that remind us of life’s seasons and the Kingdom? Do we feel ‘at home’ in the wonderful, vast tree that is the Church? Thank God for your gift of faith – many are still searching.
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Remember in Prayer
Bernard McKay, Natalie Lawrence, Shirley Ash, Tommy Upton, Kevin Seymour, May Houlihan, Joan Sandral, Kevin Lovell, Imelda Gauci, Pauline Kerr, and all on our In Memoriam Board for June.
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Rosaries in your neighborhood
Rosaries are on-going – join at anytime
* Nora Kingston, 24 Alfred St ph. 6033 2026. Wednesdays at 4.30pm
* Chris & Janet McLean, 5A Lindsay St: ph. 04 299 823 66 Wednesdays at 5.30pm
* Karinya Aged Care Chapel, Sundays 11am
* St Mary’s Church, Saturdays 8.45am
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FORTHCOMING MEETINGS / EVENTS
Mon 15th June 9.30am in Hall Wrap w Love:
18th June (Thu) Catholic Women’s League 1.45pm in Presbytery Meeting Room
26 June 7pm Wagga Cathedral, Mass for Christ the Priest 75th Anniv. All Welcome.
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MASS INTENTIONS 13th – 20th June
6.30pm (Shirly Ash, Maria Coul)
Sunday 14th Immaculate Heart BVM
9.00am Mass (for all parishioners)
9.00am Mass (Frances O’Halloran, Tom Upton)
9.00am Mass (Peace in families & end to domestic violence)
9.00am Mass (Victims of Nepal & Vanuatu disasters)
11.40 Nov. & Mass (Isabel Kingston, Pauline Kerr)
10.30am Anointing Mass (Sick & suffering)
8.45am Ros & M (Kevin & Pat Seymour; Joan Sandral)
6.30pm Vigil M. (Bridget Curran; Catherine King)
9.00am Mass (All parishioners)
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Roster for 20th – 21st June
6.30pm – N Kingston M Carroll
9.00am – M Clohessy C & J Tilders
6.30pm – J & M Schnelle
9.00am – A Campbell
6.30pm – A Pilgrim M Skehan
9.00am – B Christy R Taylor
Altar: – Mona Doyle
6.30pm – L Hanrahan
9.00am – C Sandral
6.30pm – M Blockley, N Esplana
9.00am – B Heagney I Bush
Collection: J Taylor
Counters: L & N Hughes
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RECENT APPEALS – VANUATU & NEPAL
Thank you for your generosity to both these most needy causes:
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