READINGS for 2008-07-30
“… he goes and sells all that he has and buys it.” – Matthew 13:46
Two words. Easy to say, yet so difficult to do. I experienced this myself when my family agonized over a decision to sell a property my parents bought when we were still children.
And yet sell everything is what the man in the parable did. He sold all of his possessions to gain one that to him was a priceless treasure. In our daily grind to survive, it has become a tragedy that we often fail to recognize the Priceless Treasure within our reach 24/7.
We have become accustomed to Him from Monday to Saturday, that we don’t really regard His presence as much as we should. Perhaps it is only on Sundays that we give Him partial attention.
We may liken ourselves to a bank teller who handles wads of big bills and has become indifferent towards the money she handles. But understand that the money she handles does not belong to her.
But Jesus Christ belongs to us. If we do not perceive or accept the Treasure we possess in Him, maybe our faith is unhealthy. The only way that will matter is to nourish it back to health. How?
The two men in the gospel went… sold… bought…Lallaine Gogna
What was it that you gave up in favor of Christ this week, this month?
Dear Jesus, if I don’t seem to pay attention to You, nudge me strongly so I refocus my eyes on You, my Pearl of Great Price.
Jeremiah’s message to the Jewish people has polarized the nation. There are those who accept it and are attempting to reform their lives but the majority are not interested in this task. Unfortunately, as is so often the case, the sin of many is going to affect the lives of even the few who do repent. Where is the justice in that, you may ask? There is none because sin is not just! This is why we ought to take special care what we do as we can be affecting the lives of others with our choices.
Jeremiah 15: 10, 16-21
10 Woe to me, mother, that you gave me birth! A man of strife and contention to all the land! I neither borrow nor lend, yet all curse me. 16 When I found your words, I devoured them; they became my joy and the happiness of my heart, because I bore your name, O LORD, God of hosts. 17 I did not sit celebrating in the circle of merrymakers; under the weight of your hand I sat alone because you filled me with indignation. 18 Why is my pain continuous, my wound incurable, refusing to be healed? You have indeed become for me a treacherous brook, whose waters do not abide! 19 Thus the LORD answered me: If you repent, so that I restore you, in my presence you shall stand; if you bring forth the precious without the vile, you shall be my mouthpiece. Then it shall be they who turn to you, and you shall not turn to them; 20 and I will make you toward this people a solid wall of brass. Though they fight against you, they shall not prevail, for I am with you, to deliver and rescue you, says the LORD. 21 I will free you from the hand of the wicked, and rescue you from the grasp of the violent.
P S A L M
Psalm 59: 2-3 , 4, 10-11 , 17, 18
R: God is my refuge on the day of distress.
1  Rescue me from my enemies, O my God; from my adversaries defend me. 2  Rescue me from evildoers; from bloodthirsty men save me. (R) 3  For behold, they lie in wait for my life; mighty men come together against me. Not for any offense or sin of mine, O LORD. (R) 9  O my strength! For you I watch; for you, O God, are my stronghold, 10  As for my God, may his mercy go before me; may he show me the fall of my foes. (R) 16  But I will sing of your strength and revel at dawn in your mercy; you have been my stronghold, my refuge in the day of distress. 17  O my strength! your praise will I sing; for you, O God, are my stronghold, my merciful God! (R)
G O S P E L
What is the most treasured dream in your heart? Has it got anything to do with your faith? If not, then perhaps it is time to change your dream to something that will last a little longer than your present life. There are things in the world to which we have to attend. However, our eyes and heart must always be directed towards the Kingdom of Heaven. If they are not, we will become focused on the things of this world and that will be the end of eternal life for us.
44 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. 45 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant searching for fine pearls. 46 When he finds a pearl of great price, he goes and sells all that he has and buys it.”
think:There are things in the world to which we have to attend. However, our eyes and heart must always be directed towards the Kingdom of Heaven.
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Jeremiah is having one of those days. No one wants to listen to him; he is ignored by the civil and religious authorities. His enemies have had enough of his “groaning.” No one is interested in what he has to say, he has become the laughing stock of the community. Sound familiar?
Jeremiah calls out to the Lord. He feels desperate and hopeless. There is strife and contention all around him. However, Jeremiah confesses that he has not been involved with matters that cause dispute or difference of opinions. He is just doing what the Lord is telling him to do. “Lord, I have been obedient to you.” “Lord, I love your law.” “Lord, I love the way of righteousness.” “Lord, I do not entertain evil deeds or sit in the company of evil doers.” “Why is this happening to me?” “Why are people so mean?” “Why do people curse me? Why am I in strife all across the land?” “Why is my pain continuous? Why are my wounds incurable?” The Lord God calls the prophet to repentance – so that Jeremiah might be restored. Jeremiah is restless and the Lord wants to give him rest. Jeremiah has fallen under the weight of shame, guilt, and burden of his office. As Jeremiah comes into the presence of God, he can stand again. The Lord calls him to have courage. Jeremiah is called to be obedient and faithful; God will endeavor to do the rest.
There are many things that can come against us at times. Sometimes we cry out to the Lord and ask him why. The Lord sees our good — it does not go unnoticed. The Lord understands our pleadings and sees the hardships we encounter. The Lord is present, He is not far, though it may seem this way. Like Jeremiah, we too are called to stand in the presence of the Lord who is our deliverer. St. Paul reminds us that if God is for us, who can be against us? Nothing can separate us from the love of God made manifest in Christ. God speaks of freedom, deliverance, and endurance. Fr. Brian Steele
What are those struggles in my life at the moment? Where am I finding it diffi- cult to hope in the Lord and His promises? Have I come into His presence seeking His mercy and help?
God, You are my refuge and strength. Help me on the day of my distress. Let me know Your saving power that delivers, rescues and brings me freedom.
St. Peter Chrysologus, bishop and doctor of the Church, pray for us.
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