Today’s Gospel: Matthew 13:44-46
Today’s Gospel is all about searching, finding, recognizing value and sacrificing to hold on to what is most important. I especially love the first of the two examples, as it specifically notes the role of joy in the process. This is easier said than done because sacrifice is hard and often counter-cultural. Thankfully, God’s grace has provided abundant witnesses and supports for us throughout different time periods.
This is a perfect Gospel to align with today’s celebration of the Memorial of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, who provided great insight into the discernment process, aiding us in our own journeys to properly prioritize our lives. The life of St. Aloysius, my Confirmation patron who is also a Jesuit, provides another example of sacrificing comforts of the world in favor of something better.
This Gospel also makes me think of another favorite part of Scripture, where we receive the guidance of St. Paul, “If then you were raised with Christ, seek what is above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Think of what is above, not of what is on earth” (Colossians 3:1-2). St. Paul then explains what to put to death (Colossians 3:5) and what to put on (Colossians 3:12). So many female Saints have inspired me by the way their singular focus on Christ allowed them to joyfully sacrifice for a purpose, despite the consequences and discomforts, such as St. Lucy, St. Clare, St. Teresa of Calcutta.
Though each life is unique and different, the Christian experience is a journey towards searching, finding, recognizing and then joyfully aligning our lives to what matters most, which always begins with an inner life of prayer and keeping God at the center of our day.
What and/or who has aided you on your journey to joyfully sell all, in order to invest in the treasure that matters most?
Loving Lord, thank You for all that You provide out of love to aid us in journeying toward You and Your promises. Christ, be our light.
Copyright 2019 Amanda Villagómez
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