Posts Tagged 'Matthew 13'

Daily Devotion from Church Health Center – Matthew 13:33

Friday, July 22, 2011 – Proper 12 & Ordinary 17, Year A

Matthew 13:33[Jesus] told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed with three measures of flour until all of it was leavened.

When I was young, you could make pizzas from a box. Warm water was added to the flour and yeast and set aside in a warm place. After a few minutes the dough had doubled in size. You only have to forget to add yeast once to realize that small things can have large impacts. It’s true in cooking and in the kingdom of heaven.

Prayer: Gracious God, may our individual actions work in wonderful ways to build your kingdom. AMEN.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Matthew 13:31-32

Thursday, July 21, 2011 – Proper 12 & Ordinary 17, Year A

Matthew 13:31-32[Jesus] put before them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed 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 makes nests in its branches.

We certainly work on big ideas at the Church Health Center, and big ideas are important. BUT, this passage reminds us that kingdom-work is also accomplished through all the little mustard seeds we plant each day, like kind words and patient ears that show our faith to those around us.

Prayer: God of mystery, we don’t know the impact our actions will have on those who come before us today, but we pray that our work will be fruitful for your kingdom. AMEN.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Matthew 13:27-30

Friday, July 15, 2011 – Proper 11 & Ordinary 16, Year A

Matthew 13:27-30 – [Jesus is speaking of the parable of the wheat and the tares.] “And the slaves of the householder came and said to him, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? Where then did these weeds come from?’ He answered, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The slaves said to him, ‘Then do you want us to go and gather them?’ But he replied, ‘No, for in gathering the weeds you would uproot the wheat along with them.’”

We sometimes forget how interdependent we are and how our actions can have unintended consequences. We have read this week about a patient God who is slow to anger and gentle with each of us. God asks us to do the same for one another.

Prayer: Wonderful God, help us in our journey to be the neighbors you would have us be. AMEN.

Picture for Parable of the Wheat and Tares – Proper 11 & Ordinary 16, Year A

Matthew 13:24[Jesus] put before them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to someone who sowed good seed in his field.”

Green Wheat Field by Petr Kratochvil

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Matthew 13:8

Friday, July 8, 2011 – Proper 10 & Ordinary 15, Year A

Matthew 13:8 – [Jesus concludes the parable of the sower.] Other seeds fell among good soil and brought forth grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.

Be generous in your spreading of seeds, for some of your seeds will fall on rich, good soil.

Give the best you have, and it will never be enough. Give your best anyway.
In the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.

Mother Teresa

Prayer: God of abundance, help us see the potential in each person who comes before us, and help us never to lose faith in what we are doing to help. AMEN.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Matthew 13:7

Thursday, July 7, 2011 – Proper 10 & Ordinary 15, Year A

Matthew 13:7 – [This week, we have been listening to Jesus tell the parable of the sower.] Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them.

The people who come before us live in the same noisy, advertisement-rich world in which we live. This makes our work, and the task before them, that much harder.

What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight. Create anyway.
Mother Teresa

Prayer: Creator God, moving toward healthier living is a lifelong journey. Help provide internal strength so that all might succeed. AMEN.

Dailyl Devotion from the Church Health Center – Matthew 13:5-6

Wednesday, July 6, 2011 – Proper 9 & Ordinary 15, Year A

Matthew 13:5-6 – [Jesus is telling the parable of the sower.] Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and they sprang up quickly, since they had no depth of soil. But when the sun rose, they were scorched; and since they had no root, they withered away.

Are you ever frustrated by the person who takes your sound advice and embraces it for a week or two only to fall back into old patterns and habits?

The good you do today, will often be forgotten. Do good anyway.
Mother Teresa

Prayer: Patient God, work within those who come before us today, so that our efforts might take deep root in their lives. AMEN.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Matthew 13:4

Tuesday, July 5, 2011 – Proper 10 & Ordinary 15, Year A

Matthew 13:4 – [Jesus is telling the parable of the sower.] As he sowed, some seeds fell on the path, and the birds came and ate them up.

Do you ever feel as though you have done your best only to have your efforts spoiled by others?

People are often unreasonable, irrational and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.

Mother Teresa

Prayer: Gracious God, give us patience so that we might always have our sights on the goal of building up your Kingdom. AMEN.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Matthew 13:3, 18

Monday, July 4, 2011 – Proper 10 & Ordinary 15, Year A

This week brings us the following scriptures: Genesis 25:19-34; Psalm 119:105-112; Romans 8:1-11 and Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23. Alternate scriptures include Isaiah 55:10-13 and Psalm 65:1-13.

Matthew 13:3, 18And he [Jesus] told them many things in parables, saying: “Listen! A sower went out to sow…Hear then the parable of the sower.

Moving people toward healthier living, any change for that matter, can be hard and frustrating. “Take these medications as directed.” “Here is an exercise regimen that will fit into your lifestyle.” “Check your blood sugar each morning and before each meal.” We cast our seeds, our advice, and hope it lands on receptive ears, on “good soil,” but such is not always the case. With a little help from Mother Teresa, we will think about that problem this week.

God doesn’t require us to succeed, he only requires that you try.
Mother Teresa

Prayer: Loving God, help us help all of those who come before us this week. AMEN.


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