Finding Treasure (17th Sunday A)

You can find an audio of the homily here:

There are treasures in life, but you don’t get ahold of them easily. You need to discover them and then give all you have to get  them. That’s what Jesus teaches in the parables we’re reading today.

The treasures are hidden in the ground and in the deep waters of the sea, so you can’t expect to see them right away. You have to dig for them and cast your net out for them.

The times you live in may not make finding treasure easy either. The times in which Jesus lived were hardly ideal, as we see in Chapters 10 and 11 from the Gospel of Matthew, which immediately precede the parables. 

 Yet, instead of closing your eyes and ears and hanging on tight, Jesus tells his disciples to open their eyes and their ears, because treasures are there. “Blessed are your eyes, because they see and your ears because they hear. Many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see but did not see it and hear what you hear and did not hear it.”  (Matthew 13,16-17)

Bad times can be the best times to find treasure. Some of the best things we discover in life, some of the best things we have, some of our most creative moments come in bad times.

God doesn’t stop sowing seed in bad times. Even then, treasures, pearls of great price are there to be discovered. That’s the message found in the parables.. It’s the message found in the mystery of his Cross..

3 thoughts on “Finding Treasure (17th Sunday A)

  1. Gail Smyder

    The You Tube was wonderful — a good preparation for tomorrow and your thought wise as always. Looking, listening, seeking and finding in all circumstances and not forgetting in difficult times all is still there to be found. Well done good and faithful servants–as you co-operate well to bring us treasures.


  2. Orlando and Berta Hernandez

    That magnificent picture in the U-tube presentation showing the Mind of God sending a beam of his grace into Solomon’s breathing mouth made me think of the essence of prayer. No matter what the sorrow, pain, or tribulation, all we have to do is close our eyes and our Lord is there. His constant Love is the marvelous treasure, the pearl of great value. Than you God!


  3. Orlando and Berta Hernandez

    Hard times can be blessings in disguise. Due to them you will more easily discover God’s many gifts. Your caring friend’s beautiful smile, your grand child’s touch , kiss and hug, your spouse’s concerned look and attempts to make you feel better: these are treasures that God has always given us but we take for granted. Thank you my Lord , my God and my Savior for those bad times so that I may be more aware of Your many gifts and Your presence in others. How I love You!!!


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