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.”
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In this Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus tells us more about the Kingdom of Heaven. From the parables he tells us, we understand its value. We learn that Heaven is worth everything we have and more. Like the person who finds the treasure buried in the field, we should be willing to give up everything for it. I think it’s important to note that the person didn’t just take the treasure for himself when he found it. He sold what he had to buy the field. This shows that Heaven is something that we earn and worthily work to gain. It’s more beautiful and plentiful than we can imagine. In these parables, Jesus teaches us that nothing on this earth can give us the joy that only Heaven can give. This should be relieving, because we don’t have to stress and hold on to things. Instead of worrying about our possessions and what we can get out of this earth, we can fix our eyes on Heaven. We can prepare for eternal life and wait in hope for the Kingdom.
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