“Treasures” and “pearls” of God are not found here on earth
Sunday, July 26, 2020
St. Matthew writes about three more parables that Jesus told in this Sunday’s Gospel. The first two – the parables of the buried treasure and the pearl – are lessons intended to teach us about our full attachment to Christ and how we are to separate ourselves from the world. These two actions are required of disciples in the reign of God.
“Treasures” and “pearls” of God are not found here on earth. They are found in the values of heaven: love, justice, mercy, and peace. Authentic wisdom starts with a tireless search for lasting values – the things of God – the love of family and friends, the support given and received in being part of a community, the experience of joy and fulfillment found in serving and giving of ourselves to others.
To find God means to live our lives with a vision of faith and an awareness of God’s presence. As Micah, the Prophet tells us: “… what the Lord requires of you: only to do the right and to love goodness and walk humbly with your God.” (Micah 6:8)
The parable of the fishing net is like the parable of the wheat and the weeds. St. Matthew makes the point that the reign of God is not a distant event but a dynamic movement toward the fulfillment and completion of the work that Jesus began. The parable of the ‘dragnet’ calls us to seek out the good and the nurturing, the right and the just in all things amid the ‘junk’ of life.
Please take time this week to examine your journey. How is it going? Where is your treasure?
Have a blessed week! Fr. Len