Homily (Reflection) for Wednesday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time (I) (28th July, 2021) on the Gospel


Ex 34:29-35;

Ps 98:5-7.9. (R. cf. v.9);

Matt 13:44-46.

Topic: Value of the Treasure/Pearl.

Today’s gospel consists of two parables about the kingdom of heaven, treasure hidden in a field and pearl of great value. The person who discovered the hidden treasure in his joy went and sold all that he had and bought the field. Likewise, the merchant who found the pearl of great value sold everything he had and bought it.

The value of the treasure and the pearl that made both men put all their eggs in one basket is worth meditating on. Saint Paul writes,

...I regard everything as loss because of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things, and I regard them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ (Phil 3:8).

We recall that these parables are about the kingdom of heaven. The actions of those men in the two parables and that of Saint Paul among so many others tell us that the true value of the treasure and the Pearl is beyond measure. Saint Paul also writes, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man conceived, what God has prepared for those who love him” (1Cor 2:9). It worth sacrificing for but it must be total, cf. Matt 19:21; Lk 14:26.

We all have two options, sacrifice everything and inherit eternal possession beyond measure or hold firm to any transient possession and forfeit eternal possession beyond measure.

Bible Reading: 1Cor 2:6-16; Phil 3:4-11.

Thought for today: There are much more in heaven.

Let us pray: Lord, give us the guts to forfeit everything, even our lives for your sake – Amen.

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