DAVID'S REFLECTIONS AND INSPIRATIONS
July 27, 2014
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Matthew 13: 31-33, 44-52
He put before them another parable:
The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field; it is the smallest of all seeds, 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 its branches.
He told them another parable:
The kingdom of heaven is like the yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of flour until it was leavened.
The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field, which someone found and hid, and then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.
Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of ifne pearls; on finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it.
Again the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was thrown into the se and caught fish of every kind; when it was full, they threw it ashore, and put the good into baskets, but threw out the bad. So it will be and the end of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous and throw them into the furnace of fire, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Have you understood all this? They answered "Yes". And he said to them.
Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like the master of a household who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.
These kingdom parables give each one of us much to think about. What is the kingdom of heaven like. Is it like a mustard seed? Is it like yeast? Is it like a treasure? Is it like a pearl of great value? Is it like that net that catches an abundance of fish? Is it like a master who separates the old and the new?
"Let us put our minds together" is one teaching from Native American teaching. We ae reminded that if we we all gathered together in a circle, and placed within that circle an object with which we were all unfamiliar, we would each describe that object slightly differently based on our different perspectives. It is in each of us sharing what is is we see that an of the whole emerges.
What then is the kingdom of heaven like for you?
There is an old parable about several blind men who are guided toward an elephant. Each man is asked to describe what it is that is in front of him. One touches the trunk and describes a great snake. Another the side and imagines a great wall. Yet another the tail and perceives a rope. Another a leg an sees a great tree.
What is the kingdom like for you?
There is wisdom is the sharing. There is wisdom in knowing and allowing these different views, for in this diversity there is truth.