The Final Harvest

17th Sunday in Ordinary Time: Mt 13:44-52

44 “The Kingdom of Heaven is like this. A man happens to find a treasure hidden in a field. He covers it up again, and is so happy that he goes and sells everything he has, and then goes back and buys that field.

45 Also, the Kingdom of Heaven is like this. A man is looking for fine pearls,

46 and when he finds one that is unusually fine, he goes and sells everything he has, and buys that pearl.

47 Also, the Kingdom of Heaven is like this. Some fishermen throw their net out in the lake and catch all kinds of fish.

48 When the net is full, they pull it to shore and sit down to divide the fish: the good ones go into their buckets, the worthless ones are thrown away.

49 It will be like this at the end of the age: the angels will go out and gather up the evil people from among the good

50 and will throw them into the fiery furnace, where they will cry and grind their teeth.

51 Do you understand these things?” Jesus asked them. “Yes,” they answered.

52 So he replied, “This means, then, that every teacher of the Law who becomes a disciple in the Kingdom of Heaven is like the owner of a house who takes new and old things out of his storeroom.”

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