We present here the text that will be read at Sunday mass, the 17th Sunday of Ordinary Time, and we formulate some questions that might help us prepare to hear the reading.

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44 Jesus said: "The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which someone found and hid; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.

45 "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls; 46 on finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it.

47 "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was thrown into the sea and caught fish of every kind; 48 when it was full, they drew it ashore, sat down, and put the good into baskets but threw out the bad. 49 So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous 50 and throw them into the furnace of fire, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

51 "Have you understood all this?" They answered, "Yes."

52 And he said to them, "Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like the master of a household who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old."

Questions for adults:

- What is the kingdom of heaven?

- Why would I sell everything I have to gain the kingdom of heaven?

- What does it mean to bring out of the treasure what is new and what is old?

Questions for kids:

- What kind of treasure would you like to find?

- What kind of treasure is Jesus offering us?

- What are you prepared to offer to get the treasure Jesus is offering you?