Posted: 30 Jul 2013 06:30 AM PDT
Today’s Gospel Text: “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up; 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 who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it. Matt 13:44-46
Reflection: How often parents work hard giving in all that they have so that their children do well.
Many parents do not gather up anything by way of a bank balance just so that their children may get the best. Some even mount debts.
For a higher cause or a greater cause we will do everything possible in order to achieve it.
Similarly a businessman may sell everything in order to enter into a new business because he knows that his new investment will help him in a greater measure to achieve much.
Similarly Christian history has been replete with examples of the many saints or holy men and women who have left everything in order to follow Christ.
For them to follow Christ has always been the highest cause to live for; a cause which all Christians are called to live because Christ Jesus himself by his greatest ever sacrifice is worthy of that allegiance from us.
We need not go very deep in history; for even in our times there are peoples who have left everything for the sake of the Gospel of Christ Jesus or even if they are involved in a secular world yet they strive to make Christ Jesus the center of all their actions.
For them who follow him he is like those fine pearls of great price or the treasure hidden in a field; Only those who know Christ and are aware of what he has done for them realize his true value.
And yet, what we realize is still partial; for we shall know the fullness of his love and sacrifice when we shall meet him face to face in his everlasting kingdom.
These who follow him are living testimonies, not just for observation but for the world to observe, even as they bear witness to the truth.
These act as models in a world that is confused and finds everything dark and hopeless.
But to the many who hope, despite the many upheavals, for an idealistic world with possible solutions to its many problems are bound to struggle and be lost forever in the maze of life.
Prayer: Thou art my hiding place and my shield; I hope in thy word. Ps 119:114
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