Kingdom of heaven, God’s Gift To Us

The mustard seed is a gift, and the yeast is a gift.  We are a treasure, and we are a pearl.

At the judgement, He will not abandon His tree, His bread, His treasure, or His pearl.

Year A – Gospel Lesson, Seventh Sunday After Pentecost, Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52

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My pastor, 40 years

 

 

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And, the judgement

The lesson for today is challenging.  I love to talk of the love of the Father, the Son, and the Spirit.  But, there can be no love without judgement.   One thing I know for sure, that it is impossible for me to discern what is evil and what is sin.  Human nature is to project our own emotions and our own struggles onto the concept of sin.   Our nature is to judge those who are different from ourselves.  At the coming judgement, only the Son will judge, and He will judge in a way this is perfectly holy and just.

Year A – Gospel Lesson, Sixth Sunday After Pentecost, Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43

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It starts with a gift, and it continues as a gift

It starts with a sower, giving the gift of thrown seed.  The sun and the rain is given to all as a gift.  It starts with a gift, and it continues as a gift.

I lose sight of the gift and the giver, instead focusing on the troubles of the world.

Year A – Gospel Lesson, Fifth Sunday After Pentecost, Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23

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Those who realize

Christ, a friend to those who realize that they cannot reach Him by their own efforts.

Year A – Gospel Lesson, Fourth Sunday After Pentecost, Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30

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All are one

The Father and the Son are one.  We are one with the Son and with the Father. If we welcome one, we welcome all.  This is the mystery, we are all one.

Year A – Gospel Lesson, Third Sunday After Pentecost, Matthew 10:40-42

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Living in both worlds

Struggle, yet comfort.  Judgement, yet freedom.  Conflict, yet peace.  This is the mystery of the kingdom.

Year A – Gospel Lesson, Second Sunday After Pentecost, Matthew 10:24-39

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