Sundays: The Gospels from the Lectionary
Matthew 13:31-33; 44-52

Click or touch “Firestarter”
To listen to Nick read the one-minute introduction.

Jesus presents five images as ways to understand the Kingdom of Heaven. All of them, especially the first four, have something in common. What is it? A hint: Firestarters might be included in the list.

The first two illustrations are similar: something small becomes big over time. The flowers that are delighting your summer were once seeds in the ground. Each day they were stitched from within until their leaves and petals played in the sun. The persistence of planted seeds has something to do with the Kingdom of Heaven: it grows inside of you.

The time you spend with the Word each day is as a fire-seed for what can grow within you during the day, then day after day, until your whole life is bathed in the awareness that God is reigning, protecting, covering, and directing your life. What other words and images can you discover to express what the Kingdom means to you?

The Reading for Today
Text     Audio

Bible Breaths
What are these?
Kingdom like a mustard seed v. 31
My life leavened by Your word v. 33
Treasure hidden in my heart v. 44
Finding the pearl of great price v. 45

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for the version for children and families.

This is the ninth of thirteen weeks in Pentecost, Year A.
See “Solar and Sacred Seasons” in the menu above.
Sundays are dedicated to the Gospels from
The Revised Common Lectionary.

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How does the Word touch you?

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