for Sunday, July 27, 2014
There are some things that we can know only by faith, such as the statement
in the Letter to the Romans, which is our second reading today: We know
that all things work for good for those who love God. For those who have
no faith, it is impossible to good in every situation. Even for us with
faith, it can be difficult at times, but if we persevere in looking for the
good, we always find it.
This is very similar to the story in the Gospel today. If someone finds a
hidden treasure in a field, that person will usually try to find a way to
obtain it. We all like treasures and most of us would be happy to have
more resources to live. Or if we are collectors of stamps or other types
of things, we can get totally involved in acquiring what we lack to
complete our collections. Most of us are not fishermen, yet we can
understand a large haul of fish, and throwing out those that have to
So the question for us today really comes down to this: what is the
deepest and most important value in our lives? Do we see God as that
value? Do we see value for the Kingdom of God in our lives? Or is it just
something that we play at?
We can listen to the story about Solomon in the first reading, from the
First Book of Kings. What gift would we ask of God? Honestly, there are
times when we might ask for many things: life for another person, enough
money for our families, safety for those who travel and so on. Solomon
does not ask for a deeper relationship with God, but for a gift that will
help him serve others better. We don't have to be pious about this.
Instead, we need to seek that which will help us love others more because
in loving others more, we love God.
God invites us to reflect on our lives and on our values today. God
invites us to put our lives in order so that all of our choices reflect His
love for us and our love for others. This is the project of a whole life
time and not something that we can achieve and never worry about once more.
God help us! Let us give Him praise.
Readings of the day:
First Reading: 1 Kings 3.5-12++
Second Reading: Romans 8.28-30
Gospel: Matthew 13.44-52
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