In the parable on the
Kingdom of God, Christ says that sometimes His kingdom can be sought
after OR one may simply stumble upon it without seeking it. In the
case of the Precious Pearl, the soul is seeking for it; in the case
of the buried treasure, the soul stumbled on it.
In whatever manner the
soul comes across the Kingdom of God, the price is the same: He went
home and sold ALL he had. . .a life of complete detachment.
Then, Christ likened His
kingdom to two fields. In one, the wheat and the darnels were
allowed to grow side by side; but, in the other, the darnels were
removed. The first parable is the Catholic Church at its beginnings
wherein the bad and good Catholics were allowed to exist together.
The second is the Catholic Church near the end times which will be
purified as the darnels will be removed by the angels.
The darnels or cockles
were allowed to stay side by side with the wheat in the hope that
the darnels change into wheat. Or if this is impossible, which is in
most cases, the hope is that their children born of good disposition
might become wheat.
The darnels become wheat
by finding out their vices, removing them and developing the
opposite virtues. This, of course, is difficult. But the moment the
basic virtue of humility is developed, then the doors to God's
Kingdom are opened.