Here is today’s short Gospel reading from 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.”
What is my treasure or pearl of great price? I know it is my Lord. I would give all that I have for my relationship with God. I believe God loves me and only wants what is best for me. Why would I want anything other than God when He will give me everything I desire according to His will?
I have been in a broken marriage for many years now. We are still together and through our struggles, I have drawn closer to God who has given me the grace to continue to love my spouse even when I may not receive the reciprocal love I desire. He has given me a job that I enjoy that keeps me busy with a very long drive, to and from work, to pray and be in communion with Him. He has given me a supervisor who loves the Lord and loves to spend time in prayer and communication praising His Holy Name. Yes, me a Catholic, and my supervisor, a Baptist, gathering each day in the intimacy of Christ to share our lives so deeply with each other.
The night before last, I was invited by a co-worker to watch the Olympic Women’s Basketball team play. I am a former basketball junkie and to have the opportunity to share time with a co-worker and a sport I thoroughly enjoy was another gift from God. Last night, three of my former softball players that I coached in high school took me to a Dodger Game. These three woman, whom I spent many an afternoon yelling at and disciplining, love me enough to want to spend time with their more than goofy ex-coach. These blessings are all from the Lord. I believe it is because my treasure is the Lord. I deserve none of these blessings. My Lord blesses me daily because He loves me. He loves me more than I could ever love myself. Praise and Glory to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.