Marble Surface

July 26, 2020
Fr. Ed Smith

1 Kings 3:5, 7-12; Romans 8:28-30; Matthew 13:44-52


The images in this weekend’s Gospel appear, at first, to be confused. First, we have a treasure in a field, then we have a pearl of great price, but then, surprisingly, we have a net full of fish! So…treasure, pearls and fish. What a mixture. And so we ask the question: What are these parables of Jesus about? What does Jesus want us to understand in them? Well, let’s begin at the beginning: all of His parables, in one way or another, focus on the Kingdom of God. And for those who are members of Christ the King Parish, they might notice that above the front entrance of the church is a quote carved in stone that includes these words: “And of His Kingdom there shall be no end.” The Kingdom is important…the kingdom is eternal…and the Kingdom is the theme for our readings this weekend. In the first reading, Solomon asks for wisdom. In the second, St. Paul reminds his readers that, for those who love God, all things will work out for good. In the Gospel, Jesus tells us, through parables about treasure, pearls and fish, that the Kingdom of God, which is more precious than buried treasure or fine pearls, or even a great catch of fish, welcomes everyone. So, what is our lesson for today? The Kingdom of God [the presence of our Saving Lord among His people] is of supreme value. It is worth sacrifice and even the willingness to renounce earthly things and it demands our involvement and hard work through lives of trust and fidelity (Gospel). In embracing God’s Kingdom we begin to see how, even in a confusing and difficult  world, God’s love makes things work out for good (Romans). Finally, we need wisdom in order to make the choices that help us become the people God wants us to be: children of the Kingdom (1 Kings). In the end, it comes down to following Jesus, who teaches us wisdom, shows us how to love, and offers us a place in His Kingdom forever. “And of His Kingdom there shall be no end!”