The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure…
The kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls…
The kingdom of heaven is like a dragnet cast into the sea that brings in a haul of all kinds…
Each of these three images of the kingdom of heaven illustrates a particular aspect of the beauty of the kingdom of God. However, no one of them is justly adequate of illustrating the fulness of God’s glorious kingdom that he has promised to give each one of us for the sake of our faith in Christ. Including the image of the mustard seed, which we heard at the last Sunday Mass, could only illustrate some aspects of the power of growth and development of the kingdom of heaven. Consequently, these are only images that our Lord wants us to meditate on to see the hidden meanings behind them.
For example, the kingdom of heaven is like a treasure or fine pearls which is hidden in a field. And each of us pursues different types of treasures, but whatever satisfies the longing of our heart will become the treasure that our Lord is encouraging us to keep searching and searching. He encourages us and he blesses those who search for the treasures that he himself has hidden. He also promises that whoever searches will find. As he said:
‘Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are they who hunger and thirst after righteousness and wisdom: for they shall be filled.
Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God (Mt 5:1-12).
Finally, the price of kingdom of heaven is affordable for everyone. Its terms and conditions are that we “sell everything we own and buy the field.’ However, those, who have nothing to sell, receives the kingdom of heaven for free. As a result, it seems that those who detach voluntarily from this worldly possession will find and possess the kingdom of heaven earlier than thosewho are attached to them.
‘Blessed are the poor, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.’
Fr. Tien Cao