Father Philip Writes...
In the parables told by Jesus of the hidden treasure and the pearl of great price (St Matthew’s Gospel Ch. 13 v 44 and 45-46) both have the same message: the Kingdom of Heaven is worth investing everything we have to acquire it. St Augustine wrote: “Christ is not valued at all unless he is valued above all.”
Where do we discover God’s will?
An elderly lady in Scotland was so poor that her neighbours had to support her. They were happy to do this, but what bothered them was her son had gone to America and become rich. The mother defended her son, saying,
In the town of Swaffham in Norfolk, according to legend, there was a pedlar in the Middle Ages named John Chapman. He dreamed that if he went to London he would hear on London Bridge something to his advantage.
Some people believe the Kingdom of God is only for saints. Jesus always welcomed sinners – and a church which admitted only saints would make as much sense as a hospital which admitted only people who were well. The church is not a museum for saints but a school for sinners.
A precious diamond became deeply scratched, but a famous diamond-cutter took it and engraved a beautiful rose, using the deep scratch as the stem of the rose.
When we say a situation or a person is hopeless, we are slamming a door in the face of God.