July 30, 2017: Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
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 she finds a pearl of great price,
she goes and sells all that she has and buys it.” (Matthew 13:44-46)
As the hidden treasure and the pearl, the kingdom of heaven’s value is inestimable. How much are you willing to sacrifice to possess it? Is heaven a gift or a reward?
Let the goal of the kingdom of heaven — being with God forever — transform the priorities in your life just as it did for the apostles. Seek first the kingdom of heaven. Nourish your faith with prayer, Mass and the Eucharist.