Psalm 99:5, 6, 7, 9
“The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field,
which a man found and hid again; and from joy over it he goes and sells all
that he has and buys the field.”
A Costly Pearl
“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking fine pearls,
and upon finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he
had and bought it.”
I have always loved these two images about the priceless treasure – that
once recognized – the men go after the treasures with all their energy and
wealth. They sell all; they are fully committed to gaining/possessing
the treasure or pearl.
There certainly is a lesson here: once we recognize what is most important
in life – the “treasure” of finding that the spiritual life is most important...for
nourishing relationships with God and all of creation…then put all our energies
into nurturing that inner life.
That pursuit of finding the treasure and pearl…and then keeping them requires
a disciplined life of cutting away all distractions that would hinder the
essence of enjoying the treasures.
At the same time, I have always wondered about securing the treasure and
then leaving it “hidden in the field.” And for the man with the pearl,
did he just possess it for himself alone? Or did both men do something
with their treasures? Did they share them? What’s the next part
of the story?
Here is an opportunity for us to think about the “treasures” we pursue….and
why we are pursuing them. As I get older – 66 years old – I find my
view of “treasures” to be evolving into new images of what I am to become
when I grow up. The way things are going now, I will probably live another
40 years…..so what’s next?
The message for me in this gospel today is this:
I need to be a “bridge” – I need to take the riches of what I have found
in my life and share them with others. I, who am most blessed, need
to take those blessings and share them with those who are not as fortunate
as I am. I need to find ways of sharing my “treasures” with others.
I don’t think I should bury them or just posses them.
How I share the special treasures given to me becomes the challenge.
But with 40 more years, I should be able to figure something out…..Enjoy your
treasures and talents and share them.