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The Ultimate Perspective

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

Sermon Topic Treasure

Sermon Week Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle A

Scripture Summary Matthew 13:44


A man ran furiously along the dock to the ferry boat slip. He made a tremendous jump over twelve feet of water and landed with a painful crash on the deck of the ferry. As he lay there rubbing his injured leg, one of the deckhands went to his side, took him by the arm, helped him up and said, "You didn't have to do that, buddy. The boat wasn't going out, it was coming in."

A person looks at his or her watch and says, "Well, I have to run." Oftentimes it seems like everybody's running somewhere -- to work, to lunch, to the bank, to the elevator, to the airport to a vacation spot, to a sports arena, even to Church on a Sunday morning. Drive onto any highway at commuter time or walk along any big city sidewalk at high noon and it seems like everyone is chasing some elusive, high-speed butterfly, or a ferry boat that's pulling out of its slip. It's true, isn't it? Everyone is in hot pursuit of some goal or other that will make life a little bit better. And when the chase is over, another one begins ... and another ... and another.

Psychiatrists are telling us that if we're totally goal oriented in our success-focused culture, we have destroyed much of the possibility of experiencing genuine fulfillment. If we are trying to jump from goal to goal to goal to goal we are only putting ourselves in one situation of stress after another. If we can't learn to be at peace with the process of living itself, there goes our happiness!

Popular author, Merle Shain, writes about a man she knows who has searched for fulfillment all his life:

In the beginning, perhaps because he was born poor, he thought it had to do with having things that money seems to carry in its wake. And after he'd become an engineer and then a developer and a millionaire, he discovered that money was not it. He tried women, and fancy cars, and even a dog and a yacht, but they [...]

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