This is the Good News about Jesus the Messiah,
the Son of God.
It began just as the prophet Isaiah had written:
“Look, I am sending my messenger ahead of you,
and he will prepare your way.
He is a voice shouting in the wilderness,
‘Prepare the way for the LORD’s coming!
Clear the road for him!’”
…”Lord, when did we ever…feed you?
…give you something to drink?
…show you hospitality?
…give you clothing?
…see you sick or in prison and visit you?’
“And the King will say,
‘I tell you the truth,
when you did it to one of the least of these
my brothers and sisters,
‘you were doing it to me!’
Heaven and earth will disappear,
but my words will never disappear.
Great is his faithfulness;
his mercies begin afresh each morning.
Jesus looked at them intently and said,
“Humanly speaking, it is impossible.
But with God everything is possible.”
But Jesus said,
“Let the children come to me!
Don’t stop them!
For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those
who are like these children.”
And he placed his hands on their heads
and blessed them before he left.
“Lord, how often should I forgive someone
who sins against me?
“No, not seven times,” Jesus replied,
“but seventy times seven!”
…“Save me, Lord!” he shouted.
Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him…
But Jesus spoke to them at once.
“Don’t be afraid,” he said.“
Take courage. I am here!”
Then Peter called him,
“Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to you,
walking on the water.”
“Yes, come,” Jesus said.
(Glacier Beach, Iceland)
Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a merchant
on the lookout for choice pearls.
When he discovered a pearl of great value,
he sold everything he owned and bought it!