It is the eighth Sunday after Pentecost. Today’s Bach cantata is “Gott ist mein König” (God is my King):
Today’s Gospel reading is Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52:
The Parables of the Mustard Seed and the Yeast
He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.”
He told them still another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into about sixty pounds of flour until it worked all through the dough.”
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The Parables of the Hidden Treasure and the Pearl
“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.
“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.
The Parable of the Net
“Once again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was let down into the lake and caught all kinds of fish. When it was full, the fishermen pulled it up on the shore. Then they sat down and collected the good fish in baskets, but threw the bad away. This is how it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come and separate the wicked from the righteous and throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
“Have you understood all these things?” Jesus asked.
“Yes,” they replied.
He said to them, “Therefore every teacher of the law who has become a disciple in the kingdom of heaven is like the owner of a house who brings out of his storeroom new treasures as well as old.”
The text of today’s piece is available here. It contains these words:
God is my King from long ago, who assists all that exist on the earth.
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The new regime
in every course
crown with blessing!
Peace, quiet and good health,
must always stand by the side
of the new regime.
Happiness, health, and great conquest
must newly and daily
delight you, Joseph,
so that all lands and places
may constantly enjoy
happiness, health, and great conquest!
Happy listening! Soli Deo gloria.