Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Year B / Sunday, June 13, 2021

This Sunday’s Readings: 

Ezekiel 17:22–24

Psalm 92:2–3, 13–14, 15–16 (℟ see 2a)

2 Corinthians 5:6–10

Mark 4:26–34

AROUND THE CORNER from where I live is a farm right in the middle of the city. I know spring has come when everything from cars to sidewalks is coated in yellow by the pollen from the wild mustard that grows there. I never understand why the farmers allow such an annoying weed to take over their fields and my sinuses! They could do much better with a more lucrative crop, and we’d all be less inconvenienced by the mess.

And that’s the point of today’s parables. God’s reign will grow whether you want it to or not. Tend it or uproot it, it will still flourish where you least expect it. It will get into every crack and crevice and leave its mark. And those who need it most, the ones most vulnerable and least powerful, will find safety and shelter in it.

God’s reign is wild, and those who want to control where it sprouts and whom it benefits will be covered by its residue regardless. In our world where systemic injustice seems to have cemented over any ground for hope, the dormant seeds of God’s reign lie waiting. And those who have swept away and buried the nuisances demanded by God’s justice will be reminded one day that people.

–Diana Macalintal

Suggested Music

GIA Hymnal Suggestions
WLP Resource Suggestions

Choral Suggestions:

A Sower Came from Ancient Hills

Words by Herman G. Stuempfle / Music by Sally Ann Morris

G-5074 · SATB, keyboard

Song of the Mustard Seed

Hal H. Hopson

G-2239 · Unison voices, keyboard


“The kingdom of God is like a seed; a little seed.”

A mustard seed. So tiny, yet so powerful. Like many seeds, they don’t look like much, but with tending and nourishment, they become something beautiful. We are nourished in our spiritual life by the Word of God and the Eucharist. What needs to be nourished in your heart? What needs to grow in your spiritual garden? Is there someone or something in your life that could use some tending? Something that could change your life or the life of your community? What may seem like a small action to you could be the equivalent of planting a mustard seed for someone else. Something that gives them the confidence to grow into what they were meant to be. Plant those mustard seeds wherever you go and build the kingdom of God. Who knows what they could grow to become?

–Victoria Zibell

Si Tuvieras Fe / If You Had Faith

Arranged by Rory Cooney and Beth Lederman

G-9231 · SATB, cantor, assembly, keyboard, guitar

We Walk by Faith

Arranged by David Lasky

G-9519 · SATB, assembly, organ

Come, You Thankful People, Come

Arranged by Tony Alonso

G-9460 · SAB, assembly, piano, guitar

More choral suggestions for the Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time…


Almighty God, Your Word Is Cast  Roy Johnson SATB, organ G-2968

Dos Cantos para las Procesiones/Two Processional Songs  Pedro Rubalcava Two- or three-part choir, cantor, descant, assembly, optional guitar, optional keyboard. 012531

El Amor de Dios/God’s Love Is Everlasting Lourdes Montgomery Two-part choir, cantor, assembly, guitar, keyboard 012649

Give Glory  Jacob Israel Villalobos, Matthew Leon, & Michael Paul Leon Two-part choir, cantor, assembly, guitar es17355-H

In God’s Time  M.D. Ridge, arr. Gerard Chiusano SATB, cantor, descant, assembly, keyboard 008889

Por Tu Misericordia  Eleazar Cortés, arr. Peter Kolar Alabemos a Dios songbook 012682

Seek Ye First  Patrick Bradley SATB, solo, guitar, keyboard 001239

Sing the Kingdom Alan J. Hommerding & Robert W. Schaefer SATB, cantor, assembly, optional string quartet, keyboard 008733

The Kingdom  David Wright & James E. Clemens Two-part choir or children’s choir, keyboard, optional handbells or chimes. 007104

The Reign of God  Ron Krisman SATB, reduction G-6501

We Walk by Faith  Ed Bolduc Two-part choir, cantor, assembly, guitar es06709-I

We Walk by Faith  Marty Haugen SATB, assembly, organ, guitar, 2 C instruments G-2841

We Walk by Faith Samuel McFarland, Arr. Dennis Johnson  SAB, keyboard  G-6012