July 23, 2017
Pentecost 7A
Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43

 

Once again Jesus tell us, “The Kingdom of Heaven may be compared to …” and then he goes on to tell us a parable that surprises, even shocks us, as we realize that the Kingdom of Heaven is radically different than the governments or powers of this world.

 

Last week it was a sower who seemed careless with his sowing of the seed, casting it here and there, on the path, amidst the rock, and not just on the good prepared soil. That’s not the way I would plant my garden!

 

Next week we will hear stories about a “treasure” hidden in a field, and a “pearl of great value,” both of which are worth the selling off of all our possessions just to buy them. That’s not the way I manage my resources, in fact I have been told to be leery of such speculative investments!

 

And this week it is the story of a field full of wheat and weeds. And surprisingly the farmer does not instruct his workers to weed them out. Instead he lets them live together. That’s not how it works in my yard. When I see a weed in the midst of my grass, or my garden, I quickly remove it so that it won’t distract from the beauty of what I have planted, or worse yet lead to more unsightly weeds that might crowd out and kill my plants.

 

The Kingdom of Heaven always surprises us, more times than not it seems to be contrary to the way things are, even contrary to common sense. Just how are we to understand this kingdom, prepare for its coming, let alone be in its presence even now?

 

 

      1. Eyes For The Sky

 

Everybody’s walking with their eyes to the ground; Everybody’s feeling so low
Nobody’s got a reason to live; Ain’t got no place to go
But baby you and I are different than that
We got something that shines
Baby you and I are different than that
We got eyes for the sky

 

Everybody’s talking ’bout gravity; No one believes they can fly
Stuck on the ground, a built in excuse; Nobody even tries
But baby you and I are different than that
We got something that shines
Baby you and I are different than that
We got eyes for the sky

 

And when I hold you and you hold me
There is a moment and I believe

 

Everybody’s doing the same old thing; Everybody’s towing the line
Ain’t got a vision for tomorrow; Safe and secure they survive
But baby you and I are different than that
We got something that shines
Baby you and I are different than that
We got eyes for the sky

 

Everybody’s got something nasty to say; About someone else or some place;
Confused by fear and the face in the mirror; Just another fall from grace
But baby you and I are different than that
We got something that shines
Baby you and I are different than that
We got eyes for the sky

 

And when I hold you and you hold me
The sweetest moment and I believe
Cause baby you and I are different than that
We got something that shines
Baby you and I are different than that
We got eyes for the sky

 

 

 

Once again the kingdom of God surprises us. It challenges our expectations, it challenges our assumptions, it challenges our goals in life. And it makes us ask the question, “What does it mean to really follow Jesus?” Remember, we’re different than that, we’re not of this world, we got eyes for the sky, for the kingdom that always comes in unexpected ways. Amen.

 

 

 

 

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