Matthew 13: 44-46
Jer.15:10,16-21 / Ps 59:2- 4,10-11,17-18
The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field…
(Matthew 13: 44)
Thank God for this greatest treasure:
The gift of His Son by Whom we’re saved;
It was His love beyond measure
That freed us from what had us enslaved.
“The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field, which a man found and hid again; and from joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking fine pearls, and upon finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it.” (Matthew 13: 44-46)
Today’s Gospel passage about the parable of a hidden treasure reminds me of a taxi driver who won a fortune in the lottery, but lost his life after a week of heavy partying. His house had become such a rowdy party place every night that his wife and children decided to leave him. One night, gunmen broke into his house to rob him, and when he tried to resist them, they shot and killed him.
Most of us lose our good judgment when sudden fortune comes upon us. In many cases the ‘treasure’ even turns out to be a misfortune or disaster in disguise. A couple who inadvertently received an overseas remittance of one million dollars due to computer error became instant millionaires; but they also became fugitives of the law for felony and tax evasion. Their marriage broke up, and they ended up behind bars. The bank was willing to settle for half of the amount, but their sudden wealth had displaced their sense of values, and made them become too greedy and materialistic.
What is the most priceless thing that we have ever discovered? It is our faith. And yet it never cost us anything. But it cost God everything – His very own beloved Son. Although God gives it freely, not everyone finds it, but only the deserving. It is a hidden treasure; hidden from those who seek treasures that can be “eaten by moth, woodworm, or rust, and thieves can break in and steal.” (Mt.6:19) But if, like Mary, Martha’s younger sister, “we choose the better portion, then it will not be taken away from us.” (Lk.10:42)
The material pleasures of this world are so fleeting that they can’t be worth spending so much time and effort for. In the end, gold’s evil luster will only blind us, preventing us from seeing life’s real treasure. Mankind’s history is replete with powerful and wealthy men whose lives amounted to nothing but infamy and shame because they chose to accumulate the world’s treasures. Like the rich fool whose major concern was how to store his bountiful harvest, God suddenly called him to give an account of his life, and the things he had accumulated, what good did they serve him then? “Thus will it be for the one who stores up treasure for himself but is not rich in what matters to God.” (Lk.12:16-21) God’s Word is the real treasure because it is eternal. And only those who ask for it, seek it, and knock on God’s door for it will be rewarded.
Lord, Your kingdom is not something out there that we have to find, but is already a reality in our lives. Your beloved Son Jesus said, “The kingdom of God is among you.” (Lk.17:21) Since the time we asked Him to live in our hearts, we believe Your kingdom is already within us. Amen.