Vol: 41, No.42 17TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME ( A) July 27 2014  
 
LITURGY AND LIFE

One of the main teachings of Jesus is on the kingdom of heaven. The central point of most of his parables is the kingdom of God. This kingdom is present in the person of Jesus; and he came to establish this kingdom upon earth, i.e., in the hearts of all people. From the part of the believers, everyone is exhorted to establish the kingdom of God. What is this Kingdom? A kingdom is always associated with a king, subjects, rules, territory, etc. So is the kingdom of God. It has a king– Jesus. All those who accept his sovereignty are the subjects of this kingdom. There is only one rule – love. Its territory is without limit because Jesus is the universal king. The kingdom of God exists in the heart of every person who accepts the sovereignty of God; it exists in the life of everyone with sincere love because God is love.
The Gospel of today compares the kingdom of heaven with different imageries. First of all, it is compared to a hidden treasure in the field. It is hidden in many ways: it is hidden because those who search for it and find it are few; it is hidden because it is difficult to comprehend the paradox of the rule of this kingdom. In fact, the kingdom of heaven is not hidden, but the value of it is not yet discovered!
Secondly, the kingdom of God is compared to a fine pearl, i.e., it is of the great value. It is more valuable than the most valuable treasure upon the

 
earth; it is more precious than the most precious pearl on earth. The value of the kingdom is the value of love. We can live without a fine pearl; we can also live without a treasure, but we cannot live without the fine pearl and treasure of love.
Thirdly, Jesus compares the kingdom of heaven to a net that is thrown into the sea which catches fish of every kind. The net does not refer to a trap laid to deceive people, but indicates the universal nature of the kingdom. Invitation to enter into the kingdom is extended to all, without distinctions of colour, creed and social status. There is no preference, at the same time, nobody is excluded.
And finally, Jesus points out another characteristic of the kingdom: the separation of good from evil. Only those who abide by the rule (love) of the kingdom will be accepted as its subjects.
Today, we are invited to comprehend and to accept the great worth of the kingdom of heaven. The recognition of the immense value of the kingdom should prompt us to sell the less valuable to buy that which is of greater value. Solomon sought wisdom (kingdom), and he was blessed by the Lord abundantly for all the rest of his life. Simi-larly, if you seek “first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Mt 6:33).
– Fr Devasia Puthiyaparambil, ssp
July / August 2014 READINGS OF THE WEEK Psalter Week 1
28 Mon (W) St Alphonsa Muttathupadath, (India)
Jer 13:1-11/Psalm Dt 32:18-19.20.21/Mt 13:31-35
29 Tue (W) St Martha, disciple of the Lord
1 Jn 4:7-16/Ps 34:1-2.3-4.5-6.7-8.9-10/Jn 11:19-27 or Lk 10:38-42
30 Wed (G) Jer 15:10.16-21/Ps 59:2-3.4.10-11.17.18/Mt 13:44-46
31 Thu

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St Ignatius of Loyola, Jer 18:1-6/Ps 146:1b-2.3-4.5-6ab/Mt 13:47-53
01 Fri (W) St Alphonsus Liguori, Jer 26:1-9/Ps 69:5.8-10.14/Mt 13:54-58
02 Sat (G) Jer 26:11-16.24/Ps 69:15-16.30-31.33-34/Mt 14:1-12
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