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The Partnership

The Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field
Matthew 13:44-52 or 13:44-46

Sermon Topic Trust

Sermon Week Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle A

Scripture Summary Matthew 13:44

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"Trust in God" is not just a pious phrase that you hear in a sermon. It is not something superficial that you get because you attend Church on Sunday. It is a style of life. It is a day-by-day, moment-by-moment trust in God that actually empowers you to deal with your anxieties. Notice, I said "deal with," not "get rid of." As long as we are finite beings, in this life we will never get rid of anxiety completely. It would be unrealistic, even abnormal, to expect that. But we can get rid of a lot of the destructive anxiety, and be free to use the rest of it creatively. Rather than tearing us apart, the anxiety that remains can teach us to throw ourselves on the love of God without reservation.

Edwin Teale, the naturalist writer, tells about a period of anxiety in his life during which he could not sleep. One night he decided to try the old remedy for insomnia: counting sheep. He says he went to bed and closed his eyes, but when the first sheep came along, it stumbled and fell. His state of mind was such that he became totally involved with the situation. Would someone come along to help the sheep? How many more sheep would stumble over the fallen one? How much money would the shepherd lose as a result of the accident?

A pastor who is fond of telling that story always follows it up with a story from his own life. "I was getting quite sick, physically," he says, "but I was unable to discover why this was happening ...

... Finally, I went to a famous clinic in Boston for a week of tests. When the tests were over, the finding was that I was indeed getting very sick, because of anxiety. No other cause could be found. One afternoon, toward the end of the week when I was waiting for the results of the tests, I went to the Gardener Museum in Boston. In one of the rooms I suddenly found myself facing Rembrandt's large painting of 'The [...]

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