“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.”  (Matthew 13:44)

While there is a logical correspondence between the worth of a treasure and the glory of a kingdom, this obvious harmony is at once upset by the opposition between the smallness of anything that can be hid in a hole in the ground and the grandness of the Kingdom of the heavens. The image strains to compress a magnificent horizon into a very small compass—with powerful results: the sense of incalculable vastness contained within a very restricted ambit. We may say, in fact, that the Parable of the Hidden Treasure is a metonymy for the Incarnation itself: the greatest of treasures—the Father’s Beloved—became Emmanuel and was hidden by the Holy Spirit within the good earth of the Virgin’s womb.

Erasmo Leiva-Merikakis, Fire of Mercy, Heart of the Word: Meditations on the Gospel according to Saint Matthew, Chapters 1–25, vol. 2 (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1996–2012), page 294.

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