27 July 2011
Today’s Readings: Ex 34:29-35 / Mt 13:44-46
Jesus likens the kingdom to a treasure buried in a field and to a beautiful and expensive pearl. In both instances, the finder sells all that he has so he could acquire the precious item, but the kingdom of God is infinitely more valuable than any earthly treasure.
Today’s Gospel tells us that Jesus inaugurated his Father’s kingdom. Those who hear his teachings and witness his wondrous deeds are free to make a choice. Those who follow him and choose to live under God’s rule will inherit the kingdom while those who turn a deaf ear will never get to share eternal life with Jesus and his Father.
Jesus challenges us to show others that we are his followers; to use our shells to “open doors” for our less fortunate brothers and sisters. We are called to take time today to help a child, share a meal with one who is hungry and give strength to one who is sick and tired.
Loving Father, help us to find joy in the way of your decrees more than in all riches, to ponder on your precepts and consider your paths.
In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.