Sunday 30 July 2017
17th Sunday in Ordinary Time. Week I Psalter.
1 Kings 3:5, 7-12. Romans 8:28-30. Matthew 13:44-52.
Lord, I love your commands — Psalm 118(119):57, 72, 76-77, 127-130.
The hidden treasure. The pearl. The net.
Do the parables make it easier for us to understand what heaven is like? Metaphors can help clarify a subject. The kingdom of heaven is a mystery to the crowds surrounding Jesus, but he tries to help them grasp its reality by explaining situations they, and we, can relate to.
We would ‘sell everything’ to claim the greater hidden treasure or the precious pearl. The net separates good from evil.
These images represent heaven as the most exquisite discovery, supreme wealth, profound joy and absolute justice.
Jesus, you are the master teaching your children. No sophisticated equipment—just simple stories about our eternal homeland.
We may catch sporadic moments of heaven on earth, but every person yearns for more.
We want to become citizens of paradise!