Soul Food for Sundays

Soul Food for Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time – 16th June 2024  

Reflections 16th June 2024
Mark 4:26-34

The Author: Ronan Barry
calendar_today Date: June 2, 2024 - 2 minutes read

It is tempting to succumb to impatience, especially when confronted with the injustices plaguing our world; seeing innocent individuals stripped of their dignity and respect can be disheartening. It’s equally tempting to grow frustrated with the impatience displayed by others, screaming for “their way or no way”.

Amidst this, we’re reminded of the virtue of patience. We mustn’t lose hope when observing the state of the world, our faith communities, our neighbours or even ourselves in the mirror. Every gesture, no matter how small – be it offering a drink of water, speaking words of encouragement, or expressing love – holds significance. These are seeds sown in the Kingdom of God, destined to blossom in due time. God, who initiated this good work, will bring it to completion in the fullness of time.

God, in His infinite wisdom, often employs the most unexpected and seemingly insignificant means to achieve His purposes: a drop of water, hands laid upon a head anointed with oil, a morsel of bread and a sip of wine, a gentle word, a sign displayed on a sidewalk, or a silent prayer uttered in secrecy. Remarkably, God even utilizes ordinary individuals like you and me.


It doesn’t have to be
the blue iris, it could be
weeds in a vacant lot, or a few
small stones; just
pay attention, then patch

a few words together and don’t try
to make them elaborate, this isn’t
a contest but the doorway

into thanks, and a silence in which
another voice may speak.

Thirst, by Mary Oliver

Image by alba1970 from Pixabay

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Ronan Barry

Ronan is Director of Spiritan Mission Ireland, set up in 2017 to respond, in line with Spiritan charism, to the current context of the Irish Spiritan Province and Church. He was part of the Spiritan education team for over ten years. He lives with his family in Co. Kildare.