29th/ 30th July 2017
Wisdom is a priceless thing and is something we all need.
Since the beginning of time people have been looking for treasure, they search in the fields, in the hills, under the sea….if only they could find gold or diamonds or pearls they would be happy. In today’s world, people the world over are still looking and searching. Except now, they look for it in the casino, playing the pokies, investing in the stock market and buying Lotto tickets.
In one way or another, all of us are treasure – hunters. All of us are looking for that something that will make us completely happy. Nothing wrong with this. Christ encourages us in our searching as the Gospel shows today. Christ loved searchers he understood their hunger and thirst. He was able to put them in the right direction.
Christ compared the Kingdom of God to a rare pearl or a priceless treasure. In other words, the Kingdom of God is worth everything we have. Those who find it are truly fortunate. The Kingdom of God is a very simple concept. It means to discover that one is a child of God, with a divine dignity and an eternal destiny. It means to know the meaning of life and how to live it.
Our chief task is not to be successful or even to be fulfilled. It is to live properly. No one can be happy who misses the main purpose of life the only question that really matters is how best to live in this world. Those who find the answer to this question have found the pearl.
A close relationship with God is a real treasure. It gives us a sense of who we are, and where we’re going. Only God can give us what we are looking for. If we find God, we find all. To have faith is not to have all the answers. It doesn’t mean all the work is done for us. Faith commits us to a life of discovery, searching and yearning.
It is not only in holy places such as churches, or only on religious occasions, that we find God and feel close to him. In Jesus’ story, it was while the man was going about his daily work (of digging) that he found the treasure. The treasure we look for is hidden in the ground on which we stand.
Those who belong to the kingdom of God will taste real joy even here. But that joy is only a foretaste of what we will experience hereafter, when they will come into full possession of the Kingdom. May our search begin, may our search continue, may our search never end. If the spirit of God lives in you, sing to the Lord, praise him for his goodness!
Love and peace to all
29th/ 30th July 2017