Reflections - July 30, 2017

“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.”  Mt. 13:44.
 
This Sunday the Lord continues to speak to us in parables about the Kingdom of God.
 
I would on this day like to dwell on the word:  Kingdom of God.  What does Jesus mean by the Kingdom?  For Jesus the Kingdom was what was received like “a treasure” but one had to look for it with faith.
 
It also was like the “net thrown into the sea, which collects fish of every kind……”.  These examples were taught by Jesus to awaken the faith in the Kingdom.
 
Jesus’ faith was not magical power, but a free decision of every man and woman in favor of the Kingdom.  As we see in these parables a transformation of the mind and heart was always sought.  As Jesus said:  “Seek first the kingdom of God, in it put your heart”. Mt. 6:13.  “For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.”  Mt. 6:19-21.
 
This faith that Jesus asks from us in His Kingdom is a re-radicalized direction of our lives and our priorities.  The faith in the Kingdom of God is synonymous with what you and I believe and hope.  Faith cannot be “ideas”, knowledge that “sound good”, but if they do not pass the “Test” of compassion for others remains just “beautiful ideas”. True faith and hope in the Kingdom of Jesus is not possible without the praxis of compassion and Christian commitment.
 
Some good questions for this Sunday would be:  To whose service am I putting my loyalty and priority?  Is my faith in the Kingdom of Jesus the hidden treasure that I risk everything to obtain?
 
Despite all the miseries the Kingdom is here because good is more powerful than evil and truth is stronger than lies.  Christ through his life, death, and resurrection teaches us that in the end good and truth will triumph.  “Take courage and have faith for I have conquered the world”.  Jn. 16:33.
 
Let us pray to the Lord in the Eucharist for sensitivity of the heart to make a “good choice” for the Kingdom of love and service among the poor and the needy.  That is our “treasure”.  We need only to “open our eyes and heart to find it”.