Faith Daily |28 July 2021
PRAYER of the DAY - PENTECOST APBA p565
O God, the protector of all that trust in you,
without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy:
increase and multiply upon us your mercy,
that, with you as our ruler and guide,
we may so pass through things temporal
that we finally lose not the things eternal.
Grant this, O heavenly Father,
for the sake of Jesus Christ, our Lord.
GOSPEL for the Day: Matthew 13: 44-46
44“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which someone found and hid; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. 45“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls; 46on finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it.
GOSPEL Reflection: Contributed by: Rev'd Josie
POEM by Andrew King
NO TIME LEFT FOR WAITING
No time for spreadsheets, for the accountant’s calculations. No time for checking the agenda, the meetings scheduled. No time for the radio station’s business headlines, for Googling the financial news. Let the other hunters continue to dig on their various islands – places you have tried before, long through the soulless days, the heartless nights – today you have discovered the riches you’ve been waiting for, searching for, you and the world waiting and searching, your whole life. No time for the rear-view mirror. No time for the GPS to suggest alternate routes that might contain less risk or cost. This is highest value; this is greatest treasure; the pearl the world in its wisdom has been diving for, coming up empty handed. This is worth staking your day, your path, your life upon. This is life itself. It is the kingdom of heaven. It is Christ, and the way he teaches and gives. It is the love of God for you and for the aching, breaking, yearning world. No time left for waiting. Come and buy the entire field.
FINAL PRAYER: APBA p.566
You have revealed to us in Christ Jesus
the hidden treasure and the pearl of great price:
grant us your Spirit’s gift of discernment,
that, in the midst of the things of this world,
we may learn to value the priceless worth of your kingdom,
and be ready to renounce all else
for the sake of the precious gift you offer.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit
one God, now and for ever. Amen. APBA p.566