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?
- Unwilling to commit?
- Fear of letting go?
- 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.