The Gospel reading in our Sunday Masses often quote Jesus as recommending several courses of virtuous behavior. For those days the first reading is selected to zero in on one of Our Lord’s teachings.
In today’s Gospel Jesus tells us to seek the hidden treasure, and he asks us to find the pearl of great worth. The first reading identifies that hidden treasure as wisdom.and an understanding heart.
One way of seeking out the treasure or the precious pearl Is by poring over the Scriptures and over the insights the saints have provided into those Bible passages.
So, today’s readings can be seen as urging us to study the Bible and lessons from Church History.