SEVENTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
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Treasure in The Field!
Once again in the Gospel reading for this week, Jesus speaks in parables. “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.” This parable would speak to the listeners of his time, as it was a common practice in biblical times to guard your valuables by burying them in the ground. Jesus is making the point that someone would buy the priceless items, and give up everything to obtain it. Jesus is speaking of the supreme value of the Kingdom of God, and our desire to give up everything to obtain it.
Biblical scholars have said that the meaning of this parable is that the field is the world, and the man who gave all to buy it is Jesus. I believe a reflection on stewardship summarizes this very well when it says. ”And it is with joy that He gives all to buy the field, to save the world and each of us. What makes the treasure so wonderful that the Lord would give all, His very life? Each of us. In other words, each of you! Jesus gave everything to redeem the whole world to preserve a treasure it contains. He gave all because we, His people, are the treasure.”
So what are we called to do in this age today? I believe it is simply as we spoke of before, to give back the gifts he has given to us. Also, we are to share the gift of Jesus and the Gospel to those around us. The sharing of the Gospel reminds me of a story I heard once about a violin. A musician once heard a violin played at a concert, and he was so amazed by the sound of the violin, that he made contact with the owner and asked to buy the violin. Unfortunately the violin was bought by a collector and was now in another city. Eventually the musician tracked down the collector, but the collector refused to sell it to the musician. Dejected, the musician asked if he could play just one time. The collector agreed and the musician played the violin. When the collector heard the musician play so well, and he heard how beautiful the violin sounded, he said to the musician “something so beautiful must be shared” and he gave the violin to the musician permanently. It is so with the Gospel, it is so beautiful it must be shared.
God bless you all
Deacon Dan MacDonald