The Inrushing of Grace

Jesus said to his disciples:
“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.
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.”
(Matthew 13:44-46)

Scripture Study

The idea of a hidden treasure that is not seen by everyone is appropriate for this chapter’s theme about the kingdom not being fully revealed to all. Like the treasure buried in a field, something of great value is present in the kingdom Jesus proclaims, but few are aware of it.

A new theme also emerges here: the urgency of responding to the good news of the kingdom. The person in the parable recognizes that he faces a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and makes a great sacrifice to obtain the treasure: he sells all that he has and buys that field. The kingdom of heaven is a priceless treasure that completely alters one’s priorities in life. Things that at one time were considered very important now no longer carry as much weight in light of the wealth of God’s kingdom. One joyfully abandons everything in order to obtain these treasures. This image also recalls how the disciples left everything to follow Jesus (4:20, 22), and stands in contrast to the many in Israel who remain indifferent to Jesus’ kingdom announcement (see 11:20–24)—especially the Pharisees who are fighting against it (see 12:14).

Scripture Reflection

Friends, today Jesus offers two parables about the kingdom of heaven. Let’s focus on the first one: “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure buried in a field, which a person finds and hides again….”

Sometimes God’s love is found that way. There’s the saying, “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” Sometimes in the course of our everyday lives, something happens that vividly and surprisingly summons us to union with God. We realize, in a flash, what it’s all about. We weren’t particularly looking for it, but it found us.

That’s what Jesus is getting at today. As you walk through the fields of life, be open to the inrushing of grace, when you least expect it. And when it comes, give up anything that holds it back.

– Bishop Robert Barron

May the virtues of faith, hope, and love go with you today – DV.