WEDNESDAY- 17TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME –B
Gospel: Matthew 13:44-46: He sells everything he owns and buys the field.
I Reading: Jeremiah 15:10.16-21: Why is my suffering continual? If you come back, I will take you back into my service.
The Parable of the Hidden Treasure: Giving Up All for Christ, Mt 13:44
There are two main interpretations of this parable.
1. Some say that Jesus Christ is the man and the treasure in the field represents potential believers who are in the world. In this interpretation, Jesus sees the treasure of men in the world, and seeing them he does four things:
a. He hides the treasure and protecting them until he can complete the work of salvation.
b. He goes. He comes to the world.
c. He sells all: he gives up heaven in all its glory and splendour.
d. He buys: he pays the ultimate price. He gives his life for the life of people.
e. He enjoys: he envisions the glorious day when all his treasure shall be possessed by him.
2. Others say the treasure is the gospel of Christ, the gospel of the Messiah who is ever so precious. A person sees the gospel, the saving message of Christ, as never before; that is, he/she understands the immense treasure of salvation. As Jesus did in the above, so the person does the same four things here.
Thought: The person experiences the fruits of the Holy Spirit (Gal 5:22-23) once he/she has possessed Christ as a true treasure.