A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew 13:44-52
Jesus said to his disciples: “The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure buried in a field, which a person finds and hides again, and out of joy goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant searching for fine pearls. When he finds a pearl of great price, he goes and sells all that he has and buys it. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net thrown into the sea, which collects fish of every kind. When it is full they haul it ashore and sit down to put what is good into buckets. What is bad they throw away. Thus it will be at the end of the age. The angels will go out and separate the wicked from the righteous and throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth. “Do you understand all these things?” They answered, “Yes.” And he replied, “Then every scribe who has been instructed in the kingdom of heaven is like the head of a household who brings from his storeroom both the new and the old.”
REFLECTION: “The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure buried in a field, which a person finds and hides again, and out of joy goes and sells all that he has and buys that field."
Growing up we would be so excited when the Sears Roebuck Christmas catalog arrived. We were equipped with black or blue pen or marker. We would find the toy (s) we so wanted for Christmas and mark the toy with our designated pen. As you can imagine, our eyes were BIG and we checked off most everything we saw. Our parents would only smile. And we continued viewing the catalog on a daily basis. We knew where to hide the catalog so it would not be lost. We were so happy. Sometimes we would save up our money for that toy.
We all have our treasures that we dream of. Teenagers want a phone, friends or success in school. Adults treasure a well paid job, more time with family, financial security or peace of mind. What we strive for, we work for it. Depending on the stage of life we are in, our search for something special can vary.
In today's Gospel we meet a merchant who finds a treasure buried in a field and out of joy goes and sells all that he owns to buy the field. It might have taken him awhile to get all the money but eventually he did and his treasure was safe and with him.
The Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure buried in a field. It takes priority in our lives. We give up all to have it. Christ is the Word of God and the Wisdom of God. And we will do all that we can to seek that treasure. We care and protect this treasure allowing Him to grow in us Discover God and treasure Him.
God Bless You