July 30, 2017
(17th Sunday Ordinary Time, A)
Jesus said, “the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant searching for fine pearls. When he finds a pearl of great price, he goes and sells all that he has and buys it.” Mt_13:44-52
Notice, beloved, that in this case, Jesus didn’t say that the Kingdom was like the pearl. It’s like the merchant! We might say the merchant could be Jesus (God) Himself. And the fine pearls that He’s searching for are us. For those who are worth it, and it could be any or all of us, Jesus sold his whole humanity in order to buy us. So in this case, Jesus IS the Kingdom!
Next question is: what is it that could make us “worth it” in His eyes? Well, it begins with believing in Him. In our baptism, either we or our parents made that choice: to believe. Then it continues with allowing the Holy Spirit to take possession of our hearts and minds. This again, is our free will choice. Then we live that commandment that Jesus taught: to Love God and our neighbor! We become that pearl that is so valuable in God’s eyes, that Jesus died just for us! And OH what a beautiful pearl that would be!
We are all God’s children, beloved! Question is, do we understand that, and are we living like we truly are?
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