Another parable he put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field;” (Matthew 13:24)
Jesus, thank you for sowing the good seed of your Holy Spirit in our hearts.
“but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way.” (Matthew 13:25)
[Tares were often called “Bastard Wheat”. Tares look just like real wheat until they reach maturity and then their heads are quite different from real wheat.]
“But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared.” (Matthew 13:26)
Father, much bad seed has been sown in the Episcopal Church. It looked good in the beginning, but it is yielding up no good fruit.
“So the servants of the owner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?'” (Matthew 13:27)
Holy Spirit, please help us recognize the role of sin in our lives and in the church. Help us discern the true from the false.
“He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The servants said to him, ‘Do you want us then to go and gather them up?'” (Matthew 13:28 )
Holy Spirit, help us recognize the work of Satan and his minions for what it is.
“But he said, ‘No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them.” (Matthew 13:29)
Father, help us have the patience called for here to uproot the good with the bad.
“Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.”‘” (Matthew 13:30)
Father, we pray for your will to be done on earth as it is in heaven. Thank you.
Thursday: 37:1-18 * 37:19-42; Prov. 21:30-22:6: 1 Tim. 4:1-16: Matt. 13:24-30
Friday: 31 * 35; Prov. 23:19-21,29-24:2: 1 Tim. 5:17-22(23-25): Matt. 13:31-35;::
Notes from the Front Line
***** Pray for the Diocesan Convention: good weather, no black flies, mosquitoes or bears, and travel mercies. Pray that we will all enter into the Father’s provision for us: the gift of the Holy Spirit. Pray that each of us will find joy in sharing Jesus with others.
***** Start now reading and reflecting on the lessons for next Sunday so that you can receive all that God has for you (Trinity Sunday 93 or 13 or Canticle 2; Exodus 3:1-6; Romans 8:12-17; John 3:1-16).
***** Date: Wed, 30 May 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily quote
Ok, so I had reason to go to Sears the other day. I was at the customer pick up collecting my purchase. Lynn had gone through the sliding door (marked with a disability sticker), I was next, followed by the customer pick up chap who was kind enough to carry my purchase to my car. The “disability door” then closed on me sending me flying to the floor, actually pushing me side ways. My cane narrowly just missed going up my noise! People rushed to help. The employee just did not know what to do, the manager came and asked me to fill out an accident report… Oh joy. I have fallen twice this week… Think I need to get one of those “things” you put around your neck that announces, I have fallen and I can’t get up… To be knocked over by a teen age girl and a disability door twice in one week… Oh, now I get it!
“Blessed are the flexible for they will not be bent out of shape.”
PS My doctor tells me I have strong bones. Thank you Jesus.
PPS At least I still remember how to fall. The Marines taught me well!
Headlines “Marine taken out by teen age girl and disability door”
Hey you gotta laugh!
Date: Wed, 30 May 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: daily quote
When I first came to this diocese eight years ago, jokingly I was given permission from the bishops to be in two paces at once! This is known as bilocation.
Well, next Sunday this will happen!
I will be in my home church and at an Episcopal church in Vermont at the same time … thanks to virtual technology. The church in question has copied my “You Tube testimony” and will be showing it as the sermon for the day. The rector is away and it will be the message during Morning Prayer!
Now that’s a first…
God works in mysterious ways.
“Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD.” (Psalm 150:6)