A Moment before the 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday’s Gospel closes the current series of readings where Jesus explains the kingdom of heaven using parables, with three parables about the kingdom of heaven (plus a bonus parable).  The way that the second and third parables begin shows that the three are meant to be understood together. 

The shorter parables are the hidden treasure and the pearl of great price.   Both show the discovery of something of great value, and the joy and the response of the one who discovers it. 

The longer parable is the parable of the net, a parable with two traditional understandings.  In addition to the explanation given in the Gospel (see Thursday and Friday’s posts), the net has also been seen as the Church herself – to be thrown wide by us in order to draw everyone into the kingdom of heaven.

Transient

Keep these images in mind as you listen to the Gospel and to the homily - there is much to think about here (as with all of Jesus' parables). 

Readings for the 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/072714.cfm