The Ninth Sunday After Pentecost
“The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field…” — Jesus of Nazareth
“The Spirit helps us in our weakness…” — Saul of Tarsus
I am fascinated with the “hiddenness” of the kingdom—especially in the language and teaching of Jesus. He interprets the kingdom of God as present—at hand… among you… within you!! And, yet, over and over, his parables and life point to its hiddenness. The kingdom of heaven is like yeast in dough or a treasure in a field or a Pearl hidden among other pearls.
One of the ways in which this hiddenness of the kingdom shows itself is through our weakness. It’s not that the strength of the kingdom shines so as to eclipse our weakness but that, while in our weakness, God’s Spirit helps us. The help comes while we are in our weakness. The kingdom of God—the Creator—the Sustainer—the Consumater—is manifested in and among weakness. What is this mystery?
See you on Sunday!