August 1, 2012 Jeremiah 15:10, 16-21; Matthew 13:44-46
Yesterday’s news announced two lottery winners … they are millionaires today … their lives have been changed.
Finding … winning … coming upon treasure can turn a life around … somewhat of a conversion experience.
We heard about treasure in today’s readings.
After all his moaning and groaning … all his “woe” is me lament … Jeremiah rediscovers the treasure he has been given as the spokesperson of God. God speaks to Jeremiah and calls him back to renewal of his call … his life gets turned around as he returns to God’s service.
In today’s Gospel … Jesus says the Kingdom of Heaven is a treasure. In fact … this treasure is so great … that … once found … no sacrifice or resource would be overlooked in obtaining it. The man sells everything to buy the field with the hidden treasure. The merchant sells off all he has to buy the perfect pearl. Their lives were tuned around by the discovery of the treasure.
So … what about us? If we want to turn our lives around … to possess the Kingdom of God … we need to direct our efforts at doing everything we can to gain that treasure.
Through God’s grace and our efforts and struggles … may our focus be on obtaining the treasure of God’s Kingdom.