Engaging Scripture Today

Throughout the gospel stories, both Jesus and his disciples “sow the seed” of God’s word by proclaiming the good news that “the kingdom of heaven is near.”  In this parable, Jesus explains why this good news produces results in those who hear.

Read Matthew 13:1-9,18-23,

This parable paints a picture of our responses to God. In what way does it depict God?

Scriptural Theme for Sunday, June 25

The Prophet Jeremiah knew the frustration of having his words rejected. Jesus declares that his words may not bring peace, but division. In baptism we are buried with Christ that we may walk in newness of life. As we take stands for the sake of justice and lose our lives for the sake of others, we need not be afraid. The hairs of our head are counted. In baptism we are marked with the cross of Christ forever.

Jeremiah 20: 7  – 13

Psalm 69: 7 – 18

Romans 6:1 – 11

Matthew 10: 24 – 39

“Teach us, good Lord God, to serve you as you deserve, to give and not to count the cost, to fight and not heed the wounds, to toil and not to seek the rest, to labor and not to ask for reward, except that of knowing that we do your will, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen”

Engaging Scripture for Today

(In the Apostle Paul’s Letter to the early church community in Rome he writes that they are no longer God’s enemies but have peace with God, because they were brought into a right relationship with God through Christ’s death. Likewise, for us today, a tested character has been forged for us which empowers endurance in the midst of suffering and hope for final salvation.)

Read Romans 5: 1 – 8,

How can you encourage those who are suffering for find meaning in their experience?