Gate Pa – Social Service Sunday 2014.
First Reading: Gen 29:15-28
Second Reading: Rom 8:26-39
Gospel: Matt 13:31-33, 44-52
What I want to say:
The Kingdom of Heaven is presented as being like a weed, like a woman hiding yeast in flour, like a tenant farmer finding treasure and somehow buying it, like a merchant selling all his stock to purchase a pearl of great price, like a fishing net dragging ALL in. It is not what is expected, not where it is supposed to be, not doing what it is supposed to be doing. it is just not what we are looking for. So are we the blind ones Jesus keeps talking about? So, we are invited to look for signs on the kingdom in places we normally would not think to look, and on this Social Service Sunday, go there to join in the work of building God’s community
What I want to happen:
People to pay more attention to the unlikely signs of the Kingdom, maybe even rethink what the kingdom of heaven is and what it looks like. maybe even be a mountain biker and look there rather than where they are, and then we might even join in God’s work of building God’s community
Theme gospel is for third week – Kingdom of Heaven
over centuries – kingdom heaven understood in lots way
heaven – somewhere else after die
remember film – Kingdom of Heaven
– about crusader kingdom in middle east
over centuries number empires thought themselves as Kingdom heaven
even line thought in America – highest expression Christian democracy – modern kingdom heaven
some sees church expression
what about you – what you add to those descriptions?
2. Kingdom of Heaven
wonder what phrase meant people listening to Jesus
hard tell – they not write
sources those did write
apocalyptic – end of time
either in another place – heaven
or in this world
end of Romans – and high priests too I suspect
3. Jesus and the Kingdom heaven
with all that in mind let’s hear what Jesus has to say about all this.
3rd week heard Jesus talk about Kingdom heaven
recap – 2 weeks ago – sower and soils –
Jesus talking about why using parable
fulfil Isaiah – hear and not understand
see and not ….
inside comment – we are the ones that see and hear and understand – not like those people out there
last week – wheat and tares or weeds
this week have these 5 quick snippets
face of it seem pretty straight forward
as we listen, remember that we have had 2000 years
one things take granted when Jesus speaking
– nothing is straight forward
like a weed, which birds nest in –
is this what those in authority thought of Jesus and what teaching?
it connects us to the great vision of the kingdom
gathering of all people in peace and reconciliation,
foreshadowed in the eucharistic feast.
like a woman hiding yeast in flour,
like a tenant farmer finding treasure and somehow buying it,
like a merchant selling all his stock to purchase a pearl of great price,
like fishing net dragging ALL in.
if I was to describe kingdom Heaven
- not sure any these would be my list images
- really – kingdom heaven like weed?
It is not what is expected,
not where it is supposed to be,
not doing what it is supposed to be doing.
it is just not what we are looking for.
if i am honest – there is something going on here and I seem to be missing it?
So are we the blind ones Jesus keeps talking about?
4. Social Service Sunday
as said in pew sheet
theme is building community
day reflect on how GTG, Whanau Aroha, Centrepoint build community
ask how we can be more involved in these and other things that build community
Today – also invited to look for signs on the kingdom in places we normally would not think to look,
Book – where you look is where you go
e.g. mountain bike riding – look where going not where are
less likely fall off
big lesson for us in this
not looking where are – looking out what doing and what might involved in
no one ever said easy
none parable about easy
are about looking in unexpected places.
and on this Social Service Sunday, go there to join in the work of building God’s community