There are treasures in life, but you don’t get ahold of them easily. You need to discover them and then give all you have to get them. That’s what Jesus teaches in the parables we’re reading recently.
Treasures in the parables are hidden in the ground and in the deep waters of the sea, so you can’t expect to see them right away. You have to dig for them and cast your net out for them.
The times you live in may not make finding treasure easy either. The times in which Jesus lived were hardly ideal, as we see in chapters from the Gospel of Matthew which immediately precede the parables.
Yet, instead of closing your eyes and ears and hanging on tight, Jesus tells his disciples to open their eyes and their ears, because treasures are there. “Blessed are your eyes, because they see and your ears because they hear. Many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see but did not see it and hear what you hear and did not hear it.” (Matthew 13,16-17)
Bad times can be the best times to find treasure. That’s another lesson Jesus teaches in Matthew’s series of parables. Some of the best things we discover in life, some of the best things we have, some of our most creative moments come in bad times.
God doesn’t stop sowing seed in bad times. Even then, treasures, pearls of great price are there to be discovered. That’s the message found in the parables. It’s the message found in the mystery of his Cross..