This parable tells of the inspiration and joy
which a man experiences when Godís grace touches his heart. Warmed and
illuminated by the light of this grace, a man sees clearly all the emptiness
and misery of material goods.
"Again, the kingdom
of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath
found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and
buyeth that field" (Mt. 13:44).
The grace of God is the real treasure, and
by comparison to it all earthly goods are insignificant (or dung, as
expressed by the Apostle Paul). However, a man cannot take possession of this
treasure until he sells all his property and buys the field where that treasure
is hidden; and in the same way, he cannot receive the grace of God until he
makes up his mind and gives up all his earthly goods. For the sake of the grace
delivered in the Church, a man must sacrifice everything: his prejudice, his
spare time and quietness, as well as success and the pleasures of life. The man
who found the treasure "hid it," so that others would not steal it.
In a like manner, a member of the Church who receives Godís grace must
carefully keep it within his soul; for if he exhibits this gift, he will
lose it because of his pride .
As we see in this first group of Gospel parables,
the Lord gives us a complete and harmonious teaching about the internal and
external conditions needed for the increase of the blessed Kingdom
of God amongst people. In the parable of the sower, we read about
the need to clean off the worldly interests from our hearts and to make our
hearts receptive for the Good Word. In the parable of the tares, the Lord warns
us about the invisible power which consciously and artfully sows temptations
The next three parables hold the teaching of how
the power of grace acts in the Church: the transformation of the soul is
gradual and unnoticeable (the seed growing in the ground), the power of Godís
grace is unlimited (the mustard and the leaven), and this power of grace is the
most precious thing anyone would ever want to purchase (the treasure hid in the
field). Jesus Christ added more to this teaching about Godís grace in the
parables about the talents and the ten virgins, which are from His last, third
group of parables; they are discussed below in Chapters 3 and 4.
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