The mustard seed becomes a great shrub that shelters the birds, recalling ancient images of the tree of life. We’d expect a cedar or a sequoia, but Jesus finds the power of God better imaged in a tiny, no-account seed. It’s not the way we expect divine activity to look. Yet the tree of life is here, in the cross around which we gather, the tree into which we are grafted through baptism, the true vine that nourishes us with its fruit in the cup we share. It may not appear all that impressive, but while nobody’s looking it grows with a power beyond our understanding.


O God, you are the tree of life, offering shelter to all the world. Graft us into yourself and nurture our growth, that we may bear your truth and love to those in need, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.


Ezekiel 17:22-24
Psalm 92:1-4, 12-15 [12]
2 Corinthians 5:6-10 [11-13] 14-17
Mark 4:26-34

This Weeks Readings

June 17, 2018 –Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
MondayEzekiel 31:1-12
Galatians 6:11-18
Psalm 52
TuesdayJeremiah 21:11-14
Revelation 21:22-22:5
Psalm 52
WednesdayJeremiah 22:1-9
Luke 6:43-45
Psalm 52
ThursdayJob 29:1-20
Acts 20:1-16
Psalm 107:1-3,23-32
FridayJob 29:21-30:15
Acts 21:1-16
Psalm 107:1-3,23-32
SaturdayJob 37:1-13
Luke 21:25-28
Psalm 107:1-3,23-32
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