jer 18:1-6
ps 146:1b-2, 3-4, 5-6ab
mt 13:47-53

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The Golden Ticket
One of my all time favorite movies is Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. I love the thick, chocolate river, the edible candy mushrooms filled with white frosting, and the funny, little Oompa Loompas. Every time I watch this movie, I cheer for the poor, kind-hearted, Charlie Bucket, as he searches for the last golden ticket. I can only imagine his joy when he finds it and qualifies to enter the factory with his old grandpa.

The kingdom of heaven is as sweet and magical as Willy Wonka's great chocolate factory, but there are absolutely no limits placed on who can enter. It's available to every single person on earth – poor and rich, young and old, gay and straight, women, men and transgender individuals of every color.

The Divine One has your golden ticket, and your joy will be complete when you search for it and find it.

God, we long for a taste of your sweet kingdom.