The Field of God

John Burton St. James’, Eureka Springs July 17, 2011 Fifth Sunday after Pentecost Year A, Proper 11 Matthew 13:24-30,36-43 I grew up on a small farm, the kind that existed before World War II but mostly disappeared over the next generation. There I developed an attachment to sowing and reaping, a feel for the soil and the rhythms of life … Read More

Me, a Secret Agent?

Ragan Sutterfield St. Michael’s, Little Rock July 17, 2011 The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost Year A Proper 11 Isaiah 44:6-8; Psalm 86:11-17; Romans 8:12-25; Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43. Ignatius of Loyola was a soldier before he became a saint—a man of the royal court of Spain who understood some of the intrigue that could be a part of both political and … Read More

Jacob’s Dream: Story and Place

Patricia Matthews Christ Church, Little Rock July 17, 2011 Proper 11, Year A, Gospel: Matthew 13: 24-30, 36-43 Old Testament: Genesis 28:10-19a On one wall of the cave are four horse heads, their black jaws and graceful necks overlapping. Deeper into the darkness, a series of lions, ten of them painted almost on top of each other. Human handprints still … Read More

Wheat and Weeds

Rev. Mike Lager St. John’s, Fort Smith, Ark. July 17, 2011 Proper 11 Year A “No; for in gathering the weeds you would uproot the wheat along with the weeds …” Matt. 13 Hester was new to the town. She was a lovely young woman; strong and industrious. She was devout and found her place in a “conservative” Christian church … Read More