Reflection for Wednesday 27th July 2022

Jon Ellis

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Reflection Matthew 13 44-46 Jeremiah 15 10, 16-E Psalm 59 1-4, 18-E July 27

Matthew 13
44 ¶ “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.
45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls.
46 When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.

Jesus compares the kingdom of heaven to hidden treasure in a field. It reminds us of the metal detector enthusiasts hoping to find treasure by wandering about in fields. Sometimes they find something, sometimes not, but they are all hoping for that incredible find that will be worth millions. The second example of a merchant finding a pearl of great value reminds me of the wonderful episode in Only Fools and Horses, where Del Boy hopes to strike it rich and one day be a millionaire. It turns out he has it already in the form of a special watch. But he doesn’t realise it’s worth.

The first example is about wandering about, searching everywhere, but not really knowing what to look for. Many people are searching to fill their “God slot”. They know there is something missing but in spite of searching everywhere, they can’t find it. They have a spiritual need but do not see it in the organised church. They try to use different “detectors” to no avail. It is only when they sell all they have, i.e. turn from their old life to follow Jesus, that they find that treasure.

The second example is about not realising that you have that treasure. We can make that mistake even when we have given our life to God. We can underestimate the change that new life brings by carrying on with life in much the same way as before, not changing very much, just simply going to church on a Sunday. Jesus says that is not enough. We have to “sell everything”. Our lives have to be changed every day of our Christian walk. No dropping back.

Each day thanking God for the treasure that we have in our relationship with the Almighty God who loves and cares too much to let us to go back to our old ways.

COLLECT Trinity 6
Merciful God,
you have prepared for those who love you
such good things as pass our understanding:
pour into our hearts such love toward you
that we, loving you in all things and above all things,
may obtain your promises,
which exceed all that we can desire;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen