“And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.
In Matthew chapter 13, Jesus starts to describe at length the kingdom of God using parables.
He talks about a seed that falls on ground. Some falls on a path, some falls on good soil, and some falls among thorns. He tells another parable about how wheat is planted, but the enemy comes and plants weeds. They both have to grow together and then someday the weeds will be burned and the wheat will be harvested. Then he talks about having faith like a mustard seed. Then he talks about the pearl of great price. Then he talks about a great catch that is made where all these fish are brought to shore and some good fish are kept and some bad fish are passed. So, there’s this apocalyptic kind of language about the sheep and goats, what’s going to happen to everyone. It’s actually kind of scary stuff.
Jesus sits down with his apostles and he says, “Do you understand everything I’m telling you? Do you see how important this is that I’m talking about, that people’s eternal destinies are at stake right now, whether or not they enter the kingdom of God? ” And his disciples say yes, and then here’s Jesus’ reply: “A teacher of Torah who becomes one of my disciples in the kingdom of God is like the owner of a home who pulls out of his storehouse new treasures as well as old.” This is a wonderful way to frame how to respond sharing the gospel with others.
PRAYER: Dear Lord, let me go outside my normal comfort zone to welcome into my life those who need you. May your light shine brightly through my life and bring others to you. Amen.
REFLECTION: What form of hospitality could you show to someone in need of Jesus?