The Gospel Today
Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Matthew 13: 44-52
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.
Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net thrown into the sea,
which collects fish of every kind.
When it is full they haul it ashore
and sit down to put what is good into buckets.
What is bad they throw away.
Thus it will be at the end of the age.
The angels will go out and separate the wicked from the righteous
and throw them into the fiery furnace,
where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.
“Do you understand all these things?”
They answered, “Yes.”
And he replied,
“Then every scribe who has been instructed in the kingdom of heaven
is like the head of a household
who brings from his storeroom both the new and the old.”
Reflection (Sem. Remil Sario):
When I was a child I always wondered what the Kingdom of God looks like. I thought that it was above the skies with the clouds as its ground and a beautiful castle standing on it with angels and playing and singing happily. That was a long time ago.
During Sundays when my family and I went to mass, priests had their own concepts and ideas of what the Kingdom of God is like. But I believe that it is just near us, nearer than we thought possible. Heaven is within our reach. Within our body, heart, mind and soul ready to let us in when we truly become a benevolent people.
I believe that it is essential to recognize that God is giving us signs. We should attention to the little details, for example, seeing an old lady crossing the street carrying loads. Every time I encounter that kind of situation, it’s like God is telling me to help her, helping her is like helping myself to do good things. There is a saying, “You will reap what you sow.”, that is why I want to keep on doing good things so it will also return to me.
As I looked into myself, I was afraid of where will be my destination when I leave this world. When I think that the Kingdom of God is like a fisherman’s net when thrown and the angels of the Lord will sort out the good fish from the bad ones. Am I a good one or a bad one? I have done wrong things in the past, some were known to me but some were not.
So that is why I will try to be a good person, to follow God’s commandments and to avoid sin. I will help others as much as I can. And I will keep on praying so that God may grant me wisdom and knowledge.