Ezekiel 17: 22-24

The prophet Ezekiel brings comfort to God’s people with the promise that their fortunes will be restored.  This work comes about only by God’s loving act, through the same power that makes great and beautiful trees grow from small shoots.


2 Corinthians 5: 6-10

Paul reminds us that is not through our own sight and certainty that we can have confidence about what lies ahead, but through faith in Jesus.  Walking in this faith we find our pleasure in Christ, whatever the condition of our life.


Mark 4: 26-34

Jesus longs to bring his disciples into an understanding of the kingdom of God.  The stories he uses for his friends are stories of the mystery of growth and fruitfulness in creation, the mystery of God’s loving presence at work in the world.