Exploring the Sunday Gospel - Seventh Sunday after Trinity
Today is the Seventh Sunday after Trinity. Today’s Gospel reading continues our journey through Matthew’s collection of parables. Last week we heard the parable of the sower. That parable is followed immediately by another parable also concerned with the natural processes of growth, the parable of the weeds. Again Jesus is portrayed as someone who has a very keen eye for all that was going on around him, as he observed the natural processes in nature. His audience identified with what he was describing because they lived in the same world themselves. But then comes the twist in the tale, as Jesus applies the knowledge they already have to a new situation and opens their eyes to new insight.
For those of you who wanted to do some thinking and preparation for today’s service during the preceding week, I invited reflection on the image of a summer walk. In today’s picture from their book, The Walk, Teddy Horsley and Betsy Bear meet the farmer who is looking carefully at his field.
the signs of your activity are all around us.
Open our eyes to the secrets of your kingdom,
that we may know your ways
and experience your love;
now and always.
Next Sunday is the Eighth Sunday after Trinity. The Gospel reading is a third section from Matthew 13, the collection of Jesus’ parables. The image to help prepare for this theme is hidden treasure. You can find out more about that theme by looking at the Educational Resources and the Preparation Resources.
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