Matthew 13: 44-46
Jesus said to his disciples: "The
Kingdom of heaven is like a treasure buried in a
field, which a person finds and hides again, and out
of joy goes and sells all that he has and
buys that field. Again, 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."
Prayer: Lord, you have made me for yourself, and my
heart is restless until I rest in you. I want
to encounter you more deeply today so that you can
be my treasure. Thank you for the gift of this
new day. I know you love me. I wish to
discover your love more deeply and give it to others.
Petition: Lord, help me to treasure
the gift of your friendship.
In Search of a Treasure: The restlessness in our hearts
can be compared to a hunt for treasure. In different
ways we all experience the desire for unconditional love, true
goodness, the answer to our deepest questions. In Christ, God
has come to give himself to us. He is the
one we truly long for; he is our greatest treasure.
During this time of prayer let us deepen our awareness
of the greatness of his gift of friendship, and let
us strengthen this friendship by our openness to his love.
2. The Priceless Treasure: In Christ
we have experienced the overwhelming faithfulness of God’s love for
us. In his mercy we discover that our life has
infinite value in the Father’s eyes. In his teachings we
discover the wisdom to build our life on solid ground.
In his grace we receive the strength to grow in
love and holiness. This is where we can build a
true future. This is where we can live up to
our calling to greatness. But we must be willing to
leave aside all other concerns to really possess this treasure.
We must leave aside anything that tries to give us
a false sense of security outside of God. Am I
making my friendship with Christ the one value that guides
my heart and my decisions?
The Unopened Treasure Chest: Unpacking this treasure is the work
of our spiritual life. We need to cooperate with Christ’s
grace in order to truly possess this treasure. The cultivation
of faith, hope and charity helps us discover and live
this treasure more fully each day. Our sacrifices and renunciations
done to put on the new man help us dig
this treasure out of the earthy make-up of our lives.
Living generous charity helps us make this treasure truly last
and enrich our lives. Am I sincerely allowing Christ’s treasure
to transform me?
Conversation with Christ:
Lord, thank you for the gift of your love. You
are the treasure I truly long for. Help me to
enter more deeply into your heart this day by doing
things your way no matter what the cost. Help me
to value the gift of your friendship above everything else.
Resolution: I will make a small
sacrifice of my time to do something extra for someone
who needs God’s love.