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"Go, then, to all peoples, everywhere... you will be witnesses for me to the ends of the earth."
Jesus of Nazareth, c 30 AD
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"International Presbytery, 2016 AD
Thought for Sunday 9th August
(from Rev E. Foggitt)
“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.”
Notice that the focus here is not on the discovery, but on the response to it. “Sold all he had” suggests that real faith involves complete, not half-hearted, commitment. Perhaps the hidden key is the “joy”: when we find that joy, our priorities change radically. And notice that nothing indicates that the man had been searching for treasure: he came upon it; God found him.
Reflection: Give thanks for the unexpected and unmerited treasure of faith and grace!