treasure chest

Jesus said to his disciples:
“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.
Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net thrown into the sea,
which collects fish of every kind.
When it is full they haul it ashore
and sit down to put what is good into buckets.
What is bad they throw away.
Thus it will be at the end of the age.
The angels will go out and separate the wicked from the righteous
and throw them into the fiery furnace,
where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.

“Do you understand all these things?”
They answered, “Yes.”
And he replied,
“Then every scribe who has been instructed in the kingdom of heaven
is like the head of a household
who brings from his storeroom both the new and the old.”

A few words about parables and the Kingdom of God .   These weeks we are being inundated with Jesus speaking to the crowds using parables.  It is very important to remember that Jesus uses these parables, or bigger than life examples of growth and potential whenever he speaks about or tries to convey the meaning of the Kingdom or Reign of God.  This Sunday the Kingdom is likened to treasure, pearls and nets full of fish while in the last few weeks we had examples using seeds, crops and yeast sprinkled in flour.  For Jesus, the Kingdom of God is the notion that is pivotable to His message for us.  In every example in which He uses parables, the result is surprisingly positive.  In this week’s examples the discovery of  buried treasure and pearls of great value are akin to us discovering that we have the winning million dollar lottery ticket. The simple investment of one dollar in God’s kingdom means you are always a winner.   For Him, full life or life with purpose can only be grasped by walking and living in God’s Kingdom.  Where God reigns one can find peace.  One can discover the true treasure that lasts forever.  Become a citizen of this community and life is bigger than life, everything is possible, everything is new and full of potential.  Leave the weeds, the rotten fish and your garbage at the border and take a walk on the wild side. Grab Jesus by the hand and go.  You’ll never walk alone and you ‘ll never be the same again.