Seventh Sunday of Pentecost

Jesus Tells Us about Heaven

Mark 4: 26 - 32

Matthew 13: 31 - 33, 44 - 52

Luke 13: 18 - 19


Most of the people that Jesus knew were deeply concerned about what would happen in their lifetimes - would they overthrow the Romans and be in charge of their own country once again.

Again and again, Jesus asks them to focus on the next life and to think of the world to come and what good things God has in store for us.

Though Jesus told many parables about what Heaven would be like, it seems that his disciples never really understood any of them. The last question they asked him at his Ascension was, "Lord, are you now going to give Israel its own king again?"

We know the round seeds of yellow mustard (we use them in making bread and butter pickles), but Jesus is probably talking about black mustard, with seeds as fine as flour.

1. What happens when we plant a mustard seed?

[The seed grows into a plant larger than a tree, and birds make nests in it.]

2. What happens when someone finds a buried treasure in a field?

[He sells everything he owns and buys the field.]

3. What happens when a shop owner finds a valuable pearl?

[He sells everything he owns so he can buy the pearl.]

4. Who is every student of the scriptures who becomes a disciple?

[Each student is like someone who brings out new and old treasures from the storeroom.]

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