Proper 12 Yr A—
Pearl of Great Price

Matthew 13:45-46
‘Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls; on finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it.

From “Do you know what this thing was that Jesus was talking about? He wasn’t talking about buried treasure or beautiful pearls, he was talking about the kingdom of heaven. The kingdom of heaven is the greatest treasure one could ever desire. It is more precious than silver, gold, or jewels.”

7/30/17: Prop 12;
1 Kings 3:5-12
Ps 119:129-136
Rom 8:26-39
Matt 13:31-33, 44-52
O God, the protector of all who trust in you, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy: Increase and multiply upon us your mercy; that, with you as our ruler and guide, we may so pass through things temporal, that we lose not the things eternal; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.When God asks Solomon to make a wish, Solomon does not ask for longevity or wealth, but for the wisdom to discern what is right. What is the one wish that you would ask of God? What does God’s response to Solomon reveal about the desires of our hearts and what is ultimate and lasting in God’s eyes?

Eye Candy:
"The Pearl of Great Price", by Daniel Bonnell, contemporary; "Pearl of Great Price", Ian Pollock; "Pearl of Greats Price", 17th century, by Dominico Fetti
Ear Worm:
"Seek ye first" sung by Patti LaBelle with Spellman College and Howard University choirs;"See ye first", instrumental, mashup with Pachelbel Canon in D; "Seek ye first", rhythmic version by Straight Company
Brain Food:
commentary, commentary;
poem - "The pearl" by Gene Stecher
"The Family Man"(2000), family deciding what is important; "American Beauty" (1999), satire on the American dream; "The Truman Show" (1998), quixotic tale of yearnings

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