Spiritual Reflections of Fr John Brian

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Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Kingdom of Heaven is a Garden

Kingdom of Heaven is a Garden

Three different parables about the Kingdom of Heaven are given in Matthew Chapter 13: field for harvest; the mustard seed; and leavening.

The beginning of our connectedness to God is a garden and its fruit, a place where life is allowed to grow.

Parables are filled with spiritual symbolism and moral lessons. Jesus taught in this way to ensure that person to person instruction, a certain connectedness, happened in Christian spiritual development.

Combining the lesson from St Paul's second Epistle to the Corinthians, Fr. John Brian moves us to greater closeness to that garden of truth and life and love of God.

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This sermon uses and refers to scripture readings appointed by the Syrian Malankara calendar and was given on Sunday, July 21, 2013 by Fr. John-Brian Paprock at Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Mission Chapel, Madison, Wisconsin.

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