Sunday, July 30
Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
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.”
Each of us at least in part are hoarders. We might buy jewelry or gold and then place the items in a safe or a safety deposit box. We might collect rare antiques or family heirlooms as well. Much of what we value is valued because we view it as rare or scarce. Today’s Gospel describes that behavior through the examples of treasure and pearls. Why do we hide what we value or sell all that we have to buy it? Hoarding what is scarce to us is a natural human behavior. As we hoard various “treasures,” those treasures continue to rise in perceived value.
While this Gospel may be a human truism, it is also a very human warning to us. The kingdom of heaven is rare and its achievement for us should always be considered something worth selling all that we have to purchase it. And once purchased at a great price, we should hoard it. Seeking and achieving the kingdom of heaven should never be something we consider common or ever lacking in value. It should always be considered our pearl purchased at great price and cherished.
Deacon Don Poirier