The other short parable for Sunday is the hidden treasure. Paired with the pearl of great price, both point to the same things - recognizing the value of the discovery and the response of the one who discovers it. But where the pearl of great price has a simple image, the parable of the hidden treasure offers that image with something more – actually two somethings more.
The price. This treasure is so valuable that once you know its worth, you would sell everything you have to buy it.
The joy. Once you know what you have…the sheer joy of that realization.
If the pearl of great price reminds us of American Pickers, the hidden treasure feels like the joyful discoveries of Antiques Roadshow. And that’s the image that points to the meaning of the parable of the hidden treasure – the joy of discovering the thing that is worth everything.
More on Sunday’s Gospel tomorrow.