17th Week in Ord. Time, Wednesday – 28th July 2021 — Gospel: Mt 13,44-46
Joy is the engine of sacrifice
The parables of the treasure in the field and the valuable pearl convey the fact that God’s kingdom is more valuable and to attain that one must take greatest risk. Both the treasure and the pearl are OT symbols for wisdom (Job 28,18; Prov 4,8). The treasure is found unexpectedly by the poor farm-tiller on another’s land. The pearl is discovered after a diligent search by the well-to-do businessman. In both cases they sell all that they have immediately and secretly, to attain the precious discovery. However, the emphasis is not on how much one has to give up, but on the joy that comes from their investment and complement. The genuine disciples respond joyfully to the discovery of the kingdom with total commitment. Joy is the engine of change and of sacrifice. Because of the surpassing value of the treasure in each case, selling was no sacrifice; it was a smart business, it was a joy. Neither the farmer nor the businessman lost a thing – both made huge gains. The joy of the discovery of Jesus Christ in whom are hidden, “all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Col 2,3) has moved men and women of all ages into large and life-changing decisions. It is by telling people of God’s treasures that people sell or sacrifice what is necessary for the costly but joyous acquisition.