Treasure makes up part of our lives. We all treasure some people and some material goods. Our loved ones, friends, photos, old letters, mobile phone, iPad, a priceless heirloom and so it goes on. Yes, treasure does feature in our lives and so it does in today’s Gospel from St. Matthew.[1]

Jesus tells us that “The Kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field which someone has found; he hides it again, goes off happy, sells everything he owns and buys the field.[2] Jesus again tells us that “the Kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls; when he finds one of great value he goes and sells everything he owns and buys it.[3] Pretty radical to go and sell everything one owns for the sake of the Gospel. St. John Chrysostom wrote though that “we are to do so with joy; and when a man is dispossessing himself of his goods, he is to know that the transaction is gain, and not loss.[4]

But, of course, Christ does not mean us to sell literally everything – only those things that hinder us from being part of the Kingdom here on earth and entering into fully when in heaven. By living a Christ-like life here on earth we are keeping in mind our final destiny…we are not pinning our hopes on earthly realities.

Let us remember each day that the Kingdom of heaven is THE treasure. It necessitates a radical change in our outlook and actions. We cannot take the treasures of this life with us into the next. There is no baggage allowed. Indeed, no baggage is necessary for we shall be fully fulfilled by enjoying the Beatific Vision.

In the meantime, pearls abound, shiny ones that tempt us to lose our focus so we need to direct our lives to the real priorities as regards our possessions and actions. The path to heaven does involve sacrifice and perseverance but the lighter we travel the easier it will be to climb the ladder of the cross.

Have you looked lately into your treasure chest to see what it contains?


Sr. Rosaleen Shaw OP



[1] Mt. 13:44-52

[2] Mt. 13:44

[3] Mt. 13:45-46

[4] Homily 47 on Matthew - http://www.newadvent.org/fathers/200147.htm


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