Reflection on the Scriptures Seventeenth Sunday Gospel A Priceless treasure

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 Seventeenth Sunday Gospel A

Jesus said: "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. 

· To prevent others from stealing their valuables, people would not keep them in the house but bury them in the ground.  Sometimes, they failed to tell others where they buried their treasure. Others would find it by accident.

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. 

· The point of these two parables is similar. Both the pearl and the field are of great value. So is the kingdom of God. If one understands this, then the person is willing to give up whatever he must to obtain it.

· While the Kingdom of God is a free gift from God, my being part of the Kingdom is my free choice.

· How important is the Kingdom of God to me? Is there a price too great for me to pay?

· What were the decisions in my life in reference to my relationship with God that brought me great joy and peace?  When did I become aware of the great treasure/the great pearl of God’s Kingdom?

· The attitude of each is one of joy. Do we embrace the kingdom of God—life with God—with joy or obligation?

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. 

· This parable is similar to that of the wheat and the weeds; it stresses the final judgment of God, which will exclude evil persons from the kingdom.

· What part is God asking me to play in the work of the Kingdom? Am I the fisherman casting out the net? Am I sorter, working with the good?  Am I the evangelist? Am I the teacher/formator?

"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." 

· How attentive are we in reflecting on and praying over the scriptures so that we can better understand God’s message?

· How will we respond to the Word of God this week?

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