THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN IS LIKE A TREASURE, BURIED IN A FIELD.This Sunday
is our third Gospel passage is as many weeks on the parables of Matthew 13. In today's installment (Matthew 13:44-52)
are three more parables. The first two compare the Kingdom of Heaven to a priceless treasure, so valuable that one would give up everything to have it. The third parable is like the wheat and the weeds of last week. The good and the bad are allowed to exist together until the final judgement. At that time, the righteous will be gathered and the wicked thrown away.
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."
In our first reading (1 Kings: 3-5, 7-12)
, we hear of a dream King Solomon had where he was visited by God, telling him he could have whatever he asked for. Showing a maturity that belied his age, he asked for an understanding heart so he could judge with wisdom.
The LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream at night. God said, "Ask something of me and I will give it to you." Solomon answered: "O LORD, my God, you have made me, your servant, king to succeed my father David; but I am a mere youth, not knowing at all how to act. I serve you in the midst of the people whom you have chosen, a people so vast that it cannot be numbered or counted. Give your servant, therefore, an understanding heart to judge your people and to distinguish right from wrong. For who is able to govern this vast people of yours?"
The LORD was pleased that Solomon made this request. So God said to him: "Because you have asked for this -- not for a long life for yourself, nor for riches, nor for the life of your enemies, but for understanding so that you may know what is right -- I do as you requested. I give you a heart so wise and understanding that there has never been anyone like you up to now, and after you there will come no one to equal you."
In our Epistle reading (Romans 8:28-30)
, St. Paul tells us that we are God's chosen ones. For those who love God, our vocation is to be conformed to the image of His Son.
Brothers and sisters: We know that all things work for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose. For those he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, so that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those he predestined he also called; and those he called he also justified; and those he justified he also glorified.
At the end of our Gospel passage, Jesus mentioned the "head of a household who brings from his storeroom both the new and the old." Our readings today help illustrate that our treasure is both in the old testament and the new, especially as the old is interpreted and fulfilled in the new. May we treasure both.Click Here
to read, reflect and pray on the full readings for Sunday, July 30, 2017