This week’s focus: In Search of Hidden Treasure
Proper 12 Year A
Matthew 13: 31-33, 42-52
From Treasure Island to Indiana Jones, there is something about stories of buried treasure, secret maps and hidden clues that uniquely captures our imagination. Over the ages the elusive dream of riches beyond counting has lead people up the Amazon in search of El Dorado and to blow the grocery money on lottery tickets.
This Sunday’s gospel is chock full of clues on where to find the ultimate treasure…the Kingdom of Heaven. A mustard seed. Leavened bread. A pearl of great price. As God and man, Jesus knew his audience, both then and now. As he goes on to explain: This is as the prophet said: I will speak using stories; I will tell things that have been secret since the world began. Jesus did not come to banter with the theologians. He came to save the people, to lead them to the Kingdom of Heaven.
But just what and where is that kingdom? And here we need no obscure clues or hidden messages. Christ points the way in deeds larger than life and transcending death. Knowing he faced execution, Jesus comforted his disciples: I am the way, and the truth and the life. The only way to the Father is through me.
He talked the talk; and then he walked the walk… for our salvation. He showed us that the kingdom is living here and hereafter in God’s love. The Peace of Christ, the Kingdom of Heaven…they are one. They are found in the realization that the flawed children of Eve are the beloved of God. In our pride, in our hypocrisy, in our darkest hour, you and I are cherished with a love beyond understanding.
Seek ye first the kingdom of God…It is there for the asking. God loves you beyond measure. Start digging for that treasure. Spend every day in that knowledge. Go home to him in that certainty.
Faithfully yours in Christ’s love,
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