Jeremiah 15:10, 16-21
Pslam 59: 2-4, 10-11, 17-18
Matthew 13: 44-46
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.
Meditation: In this gospel passage the parables are very alike, but it is interesting to note the differences: we can find the difference only in the explanation of what is kingdom of god but we don’t find any differences in the men who search for it. Both the parables speaks about a man who has lot of love for the kingdom of god and for that he is ready to forsake everything he has, then, finally he finds joy in his life.
The man in the parable raises a question in our heart, what is worth possessing in our life. If there is something worth possessing leave everything behind to achieve it and it is that which gives meaning to your life. Very often we search for the things that are not worth possessing. The kingdom of god is the worth possessing treasure in our life. The treasure means abundance of gifts and the pearl indicates the beauty of the Kingdom. The kingdom of god has a beauty of a pearl. We often wish to have the most beautiful things in the world. Today, Jesus says, kingdom of god is the most beautiful things in the world. They are many saints among us who saw its beauty and lost themselves.
The curious thing that we notice in the parable is that the finder has enough money to buy the field or the pearl. In every one there is hidden capacity to attain the kingdom of god or a hidden capacity to be good. Only thing that, we have to forsake all the unwanted things to find the joy of our life.
The joy of the finder is the climax of the parables. Joy is the thing that every one seeks but very often we misinterpret joy with pleasure. Pleasure is not everlasting but joy is everlasting. Seek the joy in your hear by digging the kingdom of god in you, this is the message of this gospel passage.