Sunday 26th July – Seventh Sunday after Trinity 


Collect

Generous God,
you give us gifts and make them grow:
though our faith is small as mustard seed,
make it grow to your glory
and the flourishing of your kingdom;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

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First Reading

1 Kings 3.5-12

At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, ‘Ask what I should give you.’  And Solomon said, ‘You have shown great and steadfast love to your servant my father David, because he walked before you in faithfulness, in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart towards you; and you have kept for him this great and steadfast love, and have given him a son to sit on his throne today.  And now, O Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David, although I am only a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in.  And your servant is in the midst of the people whom you have chosen, a great people, so numerous they cannot be numbered or counted.  Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, able to discern between good and evil; for who can govern this your great people?’

It pleased the Lord that Solomon had asked this.  God said to him, ‘Because you have asked this, and have not asked for yourself long life or riches, or for the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern what is right, I now do according to your word.  Indeed I give you a wise and discerning mind; no one like you has been before you and no one like you shall arise after you.’

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 Gospel

Matthew 13.31-33, 44-52

Jesus put before the crowd 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 the 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 woman 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 merchant in search of fine pearls; on finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it.

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.’

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 Post Communion Prayer

Lord God, whose Son is the true vine and the source of life,
ever giving himself that the world may live:
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.

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Trinity 7 2020 – Reflection

The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure buried in a field, which a person finds and hides again, and out of joy goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant searching for fine pearls. When he finds a pearl of great price, he goes and sells all that he has and buys it.

This parable speaks about a person who has a lot of love for the kingdom of God and for that they are ready to forsake everything they have, then, finally they find joy in their life.

The person in the parable raises a question in our hearts, what is worth possessing in our life? Very often we search for the things that are not worth possessing. The kingdom of God is the treasure in our life which is worth possessing . The treasure means abundance of gifts and the pearl indicates the beauty of the kingdom.  The kingdom of God has the beauty of a pearl. We often wish to have the most beautiful things in the world.

The mystery and inner quality of the interior life is a lifetime search for those who seek the spiritual life; those who wish to find the pearl of great price. Talking to God; thinking about God; waiting on God in silent contemplation; are all interior processes of the secret life of the human heart and soul. Invisible to the outside world, daily meditation is a quiet, secret waiting on God; a seeking of the divine life of God within the soul. Then after many years of practice, it may dawn on us that we have found the pearl of great price!

The curious thing that we notice in the parable is that the finder has enough money to buy the field containing the pearl. In every one there is hidden capacity to attain the kingdom of God. The only thing is that we have to forsake all the unwanted things to find the joy of our life.  Joy is the thing that every one seeks but very often we misinterpret joy with pleasure. Pleasure is not everlasting but joy is everlasting and that joy is finding the pearl of great price, the treasure which is God.

Amen