The Eighth Sunday After Pentecost
Readings: Genesis 29.15-28; Psalm 105.1-11 (p.332); Romans 8.26-39; Matthew 13.44-58.
Today our Gospel reading will ask us to consider the cost of belonging – or not belonging – to the Kingdom of Heaven. This Jesus-led Kingdom is worth all we have – like rare priceless pearl or a hidden treasure newly discovered. The wise investor will trade all to secure such an irreplaceable find.
Immediately following the telling of these two stories, Jesus tells another parable. The tone is somewhat different. At the end of the age there will be a sorting of the ‘evil’ and the ‘righteous’. The parable highlights the cost to those who do not embrace the kingdom. A cost to belong to the kingdom and a cost not to belong.
Jesus gives, here, a lot for us to ponder.
As always, all are welcome to come to our services – either at St Barnabas, Charnwood (9:00am) or at St Michael’s, Hall (11:00).