Gospel Mt 13:47-53
Jesus said to the disciples:
“The Kingdom of heaven is like a net thrown into the sea,
which collects fish of every kind.
When it is full they haul it ashore
and sit down to put what is good into buckets.
What is bad they throw away.
Thus it will be at the end of the age.
The angels will go out and separate the wicked from the righteous
and throw them into the fiery furnace,
where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.”
“Do you understand all these things?”
They answered, “Yes.”
And he replied,
“Then every scribe who has been instructed in the Kingdom of heaven
is like the head of a household who brings from his storeroom
both the new and the old.”
When Jesus finished these parables, he went away from there.
Jesus in his parables gives a lot of examples of what the Kingdom of Heaven is like. It is like a mustard tree, a great pearl found in a field, a great catch of fish. I wonder how unique these comparisons were for the first century disciples? If this is what the Kingdom of Heaven was that Jesus preached, what was the Kingdom that they had known? To put it another way, what is Jesus’s Kingdom of Heaven NOT like? Since Jesus used comparisons of things from our daily lives, the Kingdom is not something unfamiliar to us; we are surrounded by hints of this Kingdom.The kingdom Jesus describes is not in a distant Galaxy , and it is not described as a voyage we take after death. Jesus’s Kingdom of Heaven is present all around us, though hidden in plain sight. Once discovered it is precious and worth every effort to obtain it; and its path is paved with challenges .Its path is the separation of Good from Evil; the acceptance of God and the rejection of the devil. It is not an after life, but an everlasting life. It is not place reserved for the Gods, but a place where God dwells amongst us.