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She Hath Done What She Couldn't

When he found one really valuable pearl, he went back and put up for sale all that he had and bought it
Matthew 13:44-52 or 13:44-46

Sermon Topic Money

Sermon Week Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle A

Scripture Summary Matthew 13:46


One of the big automobile manufacturers recently built a massive advertising campaign around the simple theme of "getting down to basics." You may recall hearing it on TV or Radio: "When people get down to basics, they come over to our car" (or words to that effect). Today's Gospel Lesson-like all Gospel Lessons, really-is built around the same theme: "When people get down to basics, they come to God."

In today's Lesson, a man finds that a "hidden treasure" is within his grasp. A second man discovers the one really valuable pearl he has been long searching for. In both instances, they are placed in the situation of "getting down to basics": Is the treasure worth everything I possess? Do I want it badly enough to give up all the rest? That is what the Kingdom of God is like, Jesus says. It costs a lot. You must give up things to acquire a place in it, but renunciation has its reward-it is worth all you have, even worth your life itself. The theme of renunciation and reward is one of the basics in the Christian Gospel-a fundamental of Christian living. And anyone who reads the Gospels knows that Jesus spent a great deal of time getting down to basics by talking about money. Ordinarily, He was warning us against the dangers of money. He said you cannot serve both God and your money. Jesus knew that in the lives of most of us, our money ends up getting us. We become involved in it to the point that it becomes the heart of our concern and our motivation. And that is not surprising because money is important to us. Money is our chief link with the world around us. Money is a house and car and clothing and food and medical care and leisure and some measure of security for our families. Money is freedom. Money is mobility. Money is prestige. Money is many, many things that are important to us. For this reason, Jesus knew that our money, obviously, gets us.

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