Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/072714.cfm
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. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net thrown into the sea, which collects fish of every kind. When it is full they haul it ashore and sit down to put what is good into buckets. What is bad they throw away. Thus it will be at the end of the age. The angels will go out and separate the wicked from the righteous and throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth. “Do you understand all these things?” They answered, “Yes.” And he replied, “Then every scribe who has been instructed in the kingdom of heaven is like the head of a household who brings from his storeroom both the new and the old.”
What is your pearl of great price? Have you chosen the beauty of an artificial pearl or the depth of color and beauty of a true pearl? The world will give you artificial beauty that breaks with stress. The Lord gives you the beauty and strength of what is real. Choosing God means you will have all the riches of eternal life. Choose the world and it will be destroyed with stress. What is your pearl of great price? What are you willing to give to find it? Your eternal life depends on what you choose.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, you are my pearl of great price. Thank you for the gift of life with you, in Jesus’ holy name, Amen.
Lord, I love your commands.