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Jesus and the Parable of Decision and Action


“Eternity, it really is not something at the end; it is that which influences every moment of the now.” ~ Venerable Fulton J. Sheen

“The Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure buried in a field, which a person finds and hides again,” Jesus tells the disciples in his midst in today’s Gospel (Matthew 13:44-46) as he continues to nourish them by way of a steady diet of parables. “Out of joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.” Jesus then goes on to liken the Kingdom of Hewven to a merchant who is on a quest for fine pearls. “When he finds a pearl of great price,” Jesus explains, “he goes and sells all that he has and buys it.”

The ultimate treasure to be gained for every soul that God breathes life into, past, present, or future, is of course the Kingdom of Heaven. Everything else pales in comparison. Heaven is immeasurably valuable, supremely precious. It is, plain and simple, worth everything and anything to obtain. It is there for each of us and when we find it ~ however we find it, whenever we find it ~ Jesus teaches us today they we should do all that we can to possess it, to cherish it.

But we must be willing to relinquish everything to obtain that ultimate treasure (Matthew 19). The price may at times seem very high. Clearly it is too high for many in our midst. Sadly and most assuredly by virtue of the rate at which secular decay is eating away at our culture, the price appears to be rising more quickly than the price of gasoline and other common goods as a result of the rampant inflation that has ransacked our economy in recent months. Spiritual poverty is the ultimate prize of redemption Jesus, every the counter-culturalist, encourages us to store up our treasures in Heaven, for as he tells us throughout scripture, where our treasure is, there also our hearts shall be. (Matthew 6:21, Luke 12:34).

Today’s parable is clearly a call to definitive action. The merchant didn’t merely spot the pearl of great price and admire it or longingly wish that he could own it. He sold everything that he had so that he could possess it. Through his infinite generosity, grace, and mercy, God gives us everything we need to obtain Heavenly glory . Can we in turn do that for and with Him? Can we abandon all that is not of Him in pursuit of perfection? Only with His grace.

I leave you with a quote from Father Mike Schmitz, who tells us that “Discernment involves action. It also involves a decision. And the very first decision is whether it’s about my life and my vocation or whether it’s about God’s will for my life and my vocation.

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