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The parables of the Hidden treasure and Fine Pearl tell us we ought to value the gospel above all things.  We must strip ourselves of everything else and cling to the gospel but, also, that we are to do it with joy.  For when a man is dispossessing himself of his goods, he is to know that the transaction is a gain and not a loss.

The Gospel meaning is as if hidden; one must search to find it.  And, except thou sell all, thou buyest not.  Your soul must be in a state of anxious inquiry; otherwise, thou findest not.  Having found the treasure, you must BUY it by complete abstinence from worldly goods and watchfulness.  "One seeking the goodly pearl. . . when he saw, he sold all and bought it."  He knows the pearl would enrich him.  But others know NOT.  Many times they are holding it in their hands; they are ignorant of its wealth.  

There are many ways by which one can lose his soul.  One can be rocky ground, or ground with thorny bush or wayside soul . . . they lose their soul because the word of God couldn't grow in their souls.  One may lose his soul by choosing wicked doctrines, like the Tares or cockles. Others can lose their souls by living a wicked life as represented by the fishes caught in the net but later on thrown away into the fire.  The tragedy is that they learned the doctrines, they were caught inside the net of the Catholic Church but still thrown away to be burnt.  "Broad is the way that leadeth to destruction and many there be which go away by it."

And there is only one narrow way to go to heaven, i.e. throuth humility which, like a good scribe, one can learn both from the Old and New Testaments.  "Blessed are the humble (poor in spirit) for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."  "Unto whom shall I look, but unto him that is meek and humble and trembles at my words."  "Mine eyes are upon the meek of the earth." Humility is the mother of wisdom.  If a man has this, he will save all the rest.   

St. John Chrysostom, Hom. XLVII "On Matthew"







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