7th Sunday after Trinity

Reading, homily and prayers for the 7th Sunday after Trinity

( In a moment of silence ask for God’s grace and blessing)

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Collect for Trinity 7

Lord of all power and might, the author and giver of all good things: graft in our hearts the love of your name, increase in us true religion, nourish us with all goodness, and of your great mercy keep us in the same; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen

St Matthew Chapter 13 v 31-33, 44-52.

Jesus put before them another parable: ‘The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field; it is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches’.

He told them another parable: ‘The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a women took and mixed in with three measures of flour until all of it was leavened’.

‘The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which someone found and hid; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.’

‘Again the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was thrown into the sea and caught fish of every kind; when it was full, they drew it ashore, sat down, and put the good into baskets but threw out the bad. So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous, and throw them into the furnace of fire, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

‘Have you understood all this?’ They answered, Yes  And he said to them, ‘Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like the master of a household who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old’.

 

 

 

A refection on these words    ‘ Jesus said, the kingdom of heaven is like - 

  Six parables of the kingdom, linked together.  The smallest of seeds- yeast that leavens,- treasure hidden in a field,- a pearl of great value,- a net thrown into the sea,- things old and new.  Each parable speaks to everyday experiences, some experiences dreamed of, others, illustrations of how things are, of how things work.

Why does Jesus speak of the kingdom of heaven in such a way? In the context of a very public ministry, in the context of controversy, his words though noticed, are not universally welcomed. So a parable becomes a way of speaking to all, where sadly not everyone is wonting to listen.  Each of these parables, parables of the kingdom. Where heaven, the kingdom of heaven, is not simply an eternal destiny, but a way of living, a way of choosing right from wrong. Jesus teaches his disciples to pray daily ‘Thy kingdom come’. By speaking of that kingdom in terms of a parable, God’s kingdom is focused, and brought to mind.

So if I were looking at these parables merely as stories, which of them personally attracts me.?  I am not much interested in finding riches, so a pearl of great price, or treasure hidden in a field, if I am honest, leaves me somewhat cold! Neither am I a bread maker. But I am challenged by small things that have infinite potential.  Where for example the faithful prayer of an individual, or a hidden action done out of love, has rich and unexpected blessings. For me as a priest, my gifts not so much as  a leader in terms of developing new things, but rather as someone more at home in affirming good things already embraced, already known. No need to tear down, no need to change everything, far better to promote those things at least in part familiar.

God’s heaven  - a smile that burns within us

Fr Brian

 

Lord God, whose Son is the true vine and the source of life, ever giving himself that the world may life; may we so receive within ourselves the power of his death and passion that, in his saving cup, we may share his glory and be made perfect in his love; for he is alive and reigns, now and for ever. Amen

                       

 


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