Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jesus continues to teach his disciples, and us, about the Kingdom of God by using parables and images that we easily understand.  Who among us would not want to find a great treasure?  Maybe we are thinking of winning the lottery! Or, what would it be like to find a rare pearl?  In both cases, we would be excited and surely want to share our good fortune with others.  The kingdom of heaven is the treasure, the pearl.  It is given to us by God, no digging, no ticket required.  It is pure gift.  And it is meant to be shared with great joy.