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When We Care Enough

The Kingdom of Heaven is like a grain of mustard seed ... it is the smallest of all seeds
Matthew 13:24-43 or 13:24-30

Sermon Topic Wanting

Sermon Week Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle A

Scripture Summary Matthew 13:31,32

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Jesus spoke the "Parable of the Mustard Seed" from a boat anchored off the shore of the Sea of Galilee. In that area, the mustard plant grows eight to ten feet high. As with all the "seed-parables," Jesus makes the contrast between the insignificant beginning and the final product a point of wonder. The mustard seed is "the smallest of seeds," He says in today's Lesson, "but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in their branches" (Mt. 13:32).

With this point of wonder in mind, a preacher once began his Sunday Sermon by telling the congregation that he was going to invent a parable. "Imagine I have a big basket," he said...

"I put the basket in the middle of the Church and I say to you, 'Put your hands in your pockets and take out all the change and loose bills that you have and throw that money into the basket. We'll have five hundred people giving an average of ten dollars per person, so we have five thousand dollars. Good? No! That's nothing. If I am going to ask something from you today, if I am going to talk about sharing, I want something more. If our God, who is much greater than we, is going to ask for something, He will ask for more than ten dollars. Five thousand dollars for our God is nothing. So put your hands in your pockets again and take your wallets, your checkbooks, your purses, and throw them into the basket. What's there? One credit card per person with a credit line of a thousand dollars. We have five hundred people and five hundred credit cards. We're now talking about half a million dollars. A good basket? I say that's nothing. What does God care about five hundred thousand dollars? Nothing! So go home and bring back the title to your house, the title to your car, your stocks, your savings, your jewelry, all your valuables, and put them in the basket. [...]

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