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Winter Had Come

The reign of God is like a buried treasure
Matthew 13:44-52 or 13:44-46

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Sermon Week Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle A

Scripture Summary Matthew 13:44


"So long as he is in this world, man is like a sick person lying upon a bed more or less uncomfortable, who sees around him other beds nicely made, to outward appearance smooth and level, and fancies that they must be more comfortable resting places. He succeeds in making an exchange; but scarcely is he placed in another, before He begins, as he presses it down, to feel in one place a sharp point pricking him, in another a hard lump; in short, we come to almost the same story over and over again. And for this reason ... we ought to aim rather at doing well than being well." These words were written by an eighteenth century Italian novelist named Alessandro Manzoni. They are taken from a book in which Manzoni explores the social conditions of the people of Lombardy in the seventeenth century. Manzoni's terse, insightful line ..... for this reason, we ought to aim rather at doing well than being well," remains good advice, even to this day.

"Doing well!" For us Christians, doing well means living under the Reign (or Rule) of God. We are doing well when we are doing God's Will which, Jesus tells us in today's Gospel Lesson, is like a "buried treasure," like a "merchants search for fine pearls."

When Sir Walter Raleigh was imprisoned in the Tower of London, he decided to pass the time by writing a history of the world. He had filled about two hundred pages when, one morning, he was interrupted by a loud commotion coming from the prison courtyard. It seems that two prisoners working there had entered into a violent argument. Several blows were struck. Inmates clung to the bars of their cell windows yelling gibes and words of encouragement until the guards pulled the fighting prisoners apart to avoid mayhem. When the prisoners assembled for mess that noon, they talked of nothing but the fight. Sir Walter Raleigh listened attentively to no less than eight different versions of the encounter. No two stories were the same! As soon as he returned to his [...]

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