MATTHEW 13:44-52 GOSPEL READING AND REFLECTION (JULY 26, 2020)
The kingdom of heaven is like the treasure hidden in the field. The one who finds it, buries it again; and so happy is he, that he goes and sells everything he has, in order to buy that field.
Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a trader, who is looking for fine pearls. Once he has found a pearl of exceptional quality, he goes away, sells everything he has and buys it.
Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a big fishing net, let down into the sea, in which every kind of fish has been caught. When the net is full, it is dragged ashore. Then they sit down and gather the good fish into the buckets, but throw the bad away. That is how it will be at the end of time; the angels will go out to separate the wicked from the just, and to throw the wicked into the blazing furnace, where they will weep and gnash their teeth.”
Jesus asked,” Have you understood all these things?’ “Yes,” they answered.
So He said to them, “ Therefore, every teacher of the law, who becomes a disciple of the kingdom of heaven, is like a householder, who can produce from his store things both new and old.”
POINTS OF REFLECTION
Life is offered with a lot of choices from everywhere. It is in fact a continuous search for something that is worthy for this life. It is something satisfying. It is something amazing. It is something wonderful. It is something that could offer all out satisfaction for happiness and securities of life. But what is sad, there is nothing in this world that could satisfy every man’s wants, not even owning the whole world.
According to St, Thomas Aquinas, “ The ultimate goal of man is to return to his creator.” in saying this he added that man could attain total satisfaction in life even to the point of owning the whole world until he would find his way to the Father, his creator.
Worldly choice may cause a delay of man’s final search for the kingdom of heaven but this could not hinder his desire if he has little faith in Him. God from that little faith would do more in the person’s heart and bless him with the needed understanding about the kingdom of heaven.
And by the grace of God, He would be able to figure out all the hidden treasures in heaven. He would be very happy and willing to give up everything he has in this life in exchange for what he has just found amazing in the kingdom of heaven.
Brothers and sisters in Christ do not be too much into something of this world. This will gradually take us away from the real purpose and course of life that all of us are supposed to be into. Let us all go and look for the kingdom of God for in the final day His angels in heaven will come and separate those who really have it and those who do not have it and throw those who do not have into the blazing furnace, where they will weep and gnash their teeth.”