Archbishop Peter A Comensoli
Why would Jesus make such a significant thing of comparing a pearl to the Kingdom of God? In part, we can readily perceive that Jesus might want to present God’s kingdom as a thing of great beauty and value. Indeed, it is of the utmost worth and loveliness, for God’s kingdom is the fullness of life. But this is not something that is self-made; this kingdom is not made in our own image and likeness, nor can we manufacture it from our own means. God’s Kingdom of life and truth and love is, rather, for us to discover. This is what the merchant did in the parable: he searches until he discovers the pearl of great price.