Mt 13:44-46 The Kingdom of God and Gum
Jesus said to his disciples: “The Kingdom of heaven is like a treasure buried in a field, which a person finds and hides again.”
Recently, I went to see a movie with a beautiful family. They have three girls and one little boy. I can’t remember at this moment what movie we went to see, but that’s not the point of this meditation. During the movie, the youngest child poked me repeatedly. I thought he was just bothering me, but when I finally looked at him, I saw that he was offering me a piece of bubble gum. “For me?” I inquired. The child simply nodded his little head. “Aw…thank you so much!”
While I watched the movie, I unwrapped the gum as quietly as possible and quickly put it in my mouth. It didn’t take me long to realize that something was wrong with the gum; it didn’t taste right. I chewed and chewed but there was no flavor. In fact, it kind of tasted nasty. It kind of tasted like it had been tasted before! I looked over at my little friend and asked him, “Where did you get this gum?” At that, he put his hand over his mouth and began to giggle; a giggle that reminded me of the JOKER!
I couldn’t believe it! I was about to tell this child, “Don’t you know I can send you to hell?!!” I didn’t. I controlled myself.
Well, I immediately took the gum out of mouth and looked for the wrapper. I have to admit I didn’t know where it was. I kind of threw it somewhere in the movie theater. With no options left, I decided to stick the gum on the front of my chair.
I know…I know…Sorry, but I did it anyways. I promised myself I would remove it as soon as the movie was over, I forgot. Thank God!
As we were saying our goodbyes and I was heading over to my car, I noticed that I couldn’t find my car keys. I must have dropped them somewhere, but where? I headed straight back to the theater and asked if anyone had found a set of keys. Negative. I went back inside the theater and to where I had sat. But with the lights on and everyone gone, I couldn’t exactly remember where I had sat. I went to one row, checked it, and found nothing.
That’s when I remembered the bubble gum.
I began to search for the bubble gum rather than for my keys. Once I found it, I searched below my seat and found my keys.
If there is anything “unique” about my meditations; if the Lord has blessed me in a special way, then it is in taking the day to day realities of life and applying them to the Gospel truth.
So often in my life I have considered certain “things” as useless, only to come back to them and find some hidden truth in them. Take for example, faith. As a child I considered faith as being meaningless, useless, and impractical only to come back to it later in life and appreciate it beyond belief! Today, I consider my faith in God (and not in myself) as a treasure that is well worth selling everything for in order to own it. What I once thought was tasteless, boring and unprofitable; today, I consider it to be a pearl of great price; the key to unlocking so many mysteries in my life.