Daily Reflection for Wednesday, July 28, 2021
Peace and Blessings, Friends and Parishioners,
We encourage you to reflect on Wednesday’s readings at this link:
If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First Reading: Exodus 34:29-35
Responsorial: Psalm 99:5, 6, 7, 9
Gospel: Matthew 13:44-46
Our reflection on Wednesday’s readings:
… 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. Matthew 13:45, 46
What is the fine pearl of greatest price in your life?
Another question to identify the “most valuable pearl” could be, “How am I spending my life?” For what or whom do I give my days?
In this parable, Jesus also mentions the joy the merchant has when selling everything for his “valuable pearl.” For what or whom would you joyfully sell everything?
My “pearl” answer to these questions, today and over my lifetime appears to be loved ones, especially children and grandchildren. I joyfully give them my time, energy, and resources. If one of them needs me, there is no airline ticket priced too high. I would sell everything and give my life to save one of them. The joy they bring is beyond measure. For me, loved ones fit the “pearl” parable -- until I dig a bit deeper.
Loved ones are always in my prayers. Please God, keep and protect them. Heal and guide them. Surround them with your love. I want God’s will and plan to unfold in their lives. I want Jesus to walk with them always. I want to spend eternity with loved ones in Heaven. Everything and everyone I value and care about are offered up to God in prayer.
My prayers are the arrows pointing to the real pearl - Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.
In my small world, loved ones, family and friends, are my “pearls.” I entrust them to the greatest treasure of all, God. Our loving Father who sacrificed his son, Jesus, for all of us.
Today’s Gospel talks about the Kingdom of Heaven. It is hard to imagine the need to sell everything for the Kingdom of Heaven when it is a gift freely given to us. We did not earn it. Our job is to recognize, honor, and obey the real “pearl,” Christ Jesus. Through him, the Kingdom of Heaven is ours.
May God bless you and your loved ones.