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The Precious Pearl

I was at work the other day and as I was stoking the shelves in an isle, I could hear a kid in the toy isle right beside my isle say desperately to his mother, " Please mom, can I have it?! I REALLY want it!!! I NEED IT!" The kid continue to plead with his mom for a couple more minutes to which the mother said, " Will it make you happy?" and the child screams in excitement " YES it will!! It will make me the happiest boy  ever!" and the mother bought it for the child.

    Again this weekend in the Gospel Jesus presents us with three new parables. These are the last three parables in the "parable day" recorded in Matthew 13. Through out these teachings Jesus reveals to us the mysteries of the kingdom. He begins by taking what we do not know and do not understand- the kingdom of heaven- and comparing it to a scenario, situation or thing that we do understand and could relate to. So today, he presents two twin parables that reveal to us the jo…

The Mustard Seed

"The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard see that someone took and sowed in his field; it is the smallest of all the 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." - Matthew 13:31-32

     One of those beautiful and well known parables, arguably, is this one. Jesus is on the side of the mountain, teaching the crowds with parables. He is taking something well known and comparing it to the mysteries of his kingdom.  Right from the get-go of his teachings we are able to see and know that the kingdom he preaches his not a normal kingdom. It is not an overpowering and harsh ruling kingdom, nor is it a kingdom of hard labor and heavy yokes. Rather, it is a kingdom, that is humble, has wheat and weeds, produces hundred folds, and is a kingdom focused on the other. It is a kingdom of others; a kingdom looking outwards of it self finding ways to help everyone, excluding no one. The king of …

Wheat and Weeds

Last weekend we heard the Gospel of Jesus teaching the crowds through the parable of the sower. Again today, Jesus teaches the crowds with three more parables. Let us look at the first of the three today. He begins by describing how the kingdom of heaven is comparable to again a sower who sows wheat seeds during the day. At night, without the sowers knowledge, an enemy comes along and plants weeds in the field as well. Then as it becomes close to harvest, the slaves notice that weeds had been planted and they wanted to pick them out, but the farmer, being wise, lets them grow together and will harvest both later.

     Many biblical scholars agree that the weed mentioned in this parable is darnel. Darnel is a wheat look-a-like that is highly toxic and only distinguishable from wheat at the time of harvest. So when they realized their was weeds why didn't they pull them out? They didn't pull it out because it looked exactly like wheat and they did not want to risk pulling o…

The Soil of the Heart

I am sure if you were to ask any of my friends if I am a good at texting or responding to emails I am positive you would get an overwhelming reply of "absolutely not."It is not that I hate texts or emails it is just a fact that I am a slow at responding.  I will normally see an email or text at one point and either not respond thinking I will respond later, or just end up forgetting about it. If, in the cases I do respond, my answers are not the most engaging, emotion filled or add much to the conversation.This would definitely come off surprising knowing how, like many other teens and young adults, much time I spend on my phone.

A Request For Charlie Gard

I normally do not do posts like this, however, in this case I found it necessary to continue to draw attention to this story, and to ask for your help in prayers for this particular child and family.

      You may or may not of heard about the child, Charlie Gard. He is an 11-month old baby, who has MDS,  mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome. This is a syndrome where the mitochondria of some cells, are not producing the energy needed for the cell. In turn, some cells do not operate as the should which especially affects the brain, lungs and heart. Charlie, who was placed on a breathing machine, is the 16th person in the world to be diagnosed with this syndrome, that has no cure. However, there are some experimental treatments that could improve his case.

     Charlie became internationally known when the Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), in London, refused to let Charlie leave the hospital multiple times. Back in April of this year, GOSH went to the courts to get permission to tur…