Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross in Green Bay, WI
Reflection for July 26, 2020

Reflection for July 26, 2020

The kingdom of heaven is like ...

St. John Chrysostom said it best: nothing can compare to the sweetness of heavenly life

by Renae Bauer

Heaven, it is written in Sunday’s Gospel, is like a buried treasure. When found, we joyfully abandon any barriers that stand between us and it. What are my barriers?

  • Busyness?
  • Unwilling to commit?
  • Fear of letting go?
  • Worthiness?
  • Judgment of others?

Consider these words from St. John Chrysostom: “He who has a clear knowledge of the sweetness of heavenly life gladly leaves behind all the things he loves on earth. … His heart yearns for heavenly things, and nothing on earth pleases him.”

The person in Matthew’s Gospel who found the treasure cannot afford to purchase the treasure itself but he can afford the field in which the treasure is buried. God’s kingdom is priceless, yet, it is something you and I can afford. It’s a beautiful paradox.


Father Bill Jacobs
07/24/2020 7:56 am

Good Morning,

I loved the listing of the "Barriers" that stand between us and it. I immediately thought of the four "Surfaces" on which God's "Seeds" fall from a few weeks ago... Much food for thought - Thanks so very much! Father Bill

Sr. Rose Jochmann
07/25/2020 10:18 am

I really like your visual reflection. The treasure is within our reach.

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