Sunday Reflection: Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52. “The kingdom of heaven is like…” what is the kingdom of heaven like? We need Jesus to tell us because we are mired in the kingdoms of the earth and find it hard to imagine what God truly wants for all of us. Our tiny seed of faith maturing into a place to provide shelter for all. Faith and love mixed like yeast into a community where all can feel the abundance of God’s grace. The treasures of God’s love for which we would give up every material thing. A net which gathers up all that we are and sorts out the pain, anger, and fear so that only love and grace remain. The kingdom of heaven… in times such as these, we need to cling to the parables about the kingdom of heaven so that we remember who we are and who made us.
- Who yearns to be sheltered in your community of faith? How can you create a space for all?
- How can the abundance of God’s love be spread throughout your whole community? What concrete ways can you reach out to your neighbors and help them to know God’s love and grace?
- What material things hold you back from embracing the full love and grace of God’s kingdom? How can you learn to give those things up?
- What do you need to separate out of your own net? Anger, fear, unjust privilege? What does it look like to live through grace and love? Jennifer Allen, Sermons that Work
Vicar’s Note: We have learned from the Archbishop’s Office that parish congregations can start moving into Phase 3 starting on Sunday, August 16, 2020. This directive was released on Monday, July 20th, to all clergy and lay leaders of the Diocese.
St. Michael’s wardens, trustee and members of parish council will start to write our application for Phase 3. We will keep you informed about this process in the next few weeks. We would be happy to hear your suggestions and ideas about moving to Phase 3. Any further questions, please let me know. Thank you!
The Venerable Louie Engnan, Vicar.