After three Sundays of "the kingdom of heaven is like...", it's clear that the kingdom of heaven is something special, something priceless. But it's also something apart - until now, we've kind of been on the outside looking in.
There's a particular Gloria that is just so upbeat, so happy, that I am almost expecting that joy to burst forth somehow whenever we sing it in church. It's like I'm waiting for something over the top to break out - like a production number from a Disney cartoon. It's just that joyful.
And that's exactly the feeling that Isaiah has here in describing the kingdom of heaven. It's just that joyful.
But there's more - not only is the kingdom of heaven that much of a joy, but we're invited. And the price of admission? It's free.