Wednesday 27 July 2022

About Today Readings

Jeremiah 15:10, 16-21. God is my refuge on the day of distress – Psalm 58(59):2-5, 10-11, 17-18. Matthew 13:44-46.

The reward is worth the risk

In poker there’s the idea of going ‘all in’, where you bet all your chips in the hope of winning a hand. Sometimes it’s because your hand is so good you believe you can’t lose and sometimes it’s in the hope of discouraging your fellow players from betting against you. If you watch professional poker you’ll see this happening quite often at the end of games, when the stakes get high and the need to win overrides any long-term strategy.

In today’s reading, Jesus is talking about the ‘end game’. The Kingdom of Heaven is the promise of life beyond death, of an existence that transcends the painful drudgery of everyday life. That ‘end game’ he says is worth going ‘all in’ for. The hand he’s given us, the reward he’s promised us, is worth risking everything. Today we pray for the courage to go ‘all in’ for God.

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