Treasure and Trash
Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17
from the book
Preaching the Parables
JOHN R. BROKHOFF
According to Jesus, there is nothing more precious than the Kingdom of Heaven. In the parables of the treasure and pearl, Jesus taught that the Kingdom is even more valuable than gold or jewels. How much is a person willing to give to possess the treasure and pearl of the Kingdom?
Once there was a childless king who was dying. Anxious to choose a successor, he called for applicants to be considered. The first prospect said, "I have strong legs and sure feet. With them I will visit every home in the land. I will give my feet to the kingdom."
Another applicant said, "I have strong hands, They are fit to do the work of a king. I offer them to the kingdom." A third claimed, "I have many talents and am more gifted than any other man in the realm. I feel I should be king so badly, that I will give all my riches to the kingdom."
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This Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 sermon, Treasure and Trash, is based on Matthew 13:44-52 and relates to Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 of Cycle A of the lectionary. This sermon is excerpted from the book Preaching the Parables. SermonSuite offers online sermons and professionally published sermons, lectionary sermons, non-lectionary sermons, children's sermons, sermon illustrations, worship resources, preaching resources, sermons on prayer, prayers, Christian drama, lectionary worship, lectionary workbooks and homilies. ...