17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

St. Pius X | News
28 Jul 2017

Since the dawn of time people have been looking for treasure. People have searched high and low and in every conceivable place hoping to hit the jackpot, and if they did, all their troubles would be over. In one way or another, all of us are treasure-hunters. All of us are looking for something that will make us completely happy. There is nothing wrong with this. If we were happy, then the artist would not be painting, nor would the writer be writing. Christ encourages us in our searching as the two stories in today’s Gospel show. Christ loved searchers. He had sympathy for those who were looking, even if they were looking in the wrong places and for the wrong things. He understood their hunger and thirst. He was able to point them in the right direction. But he could do nothing for the smug and the satisfied. Christ compared the Kingdom of God to a rare pearl or a priceless treasure. In other words, the Kingdom of God is worth everything we have. Those who find it are truly fortunate. The Kingdom of God is a very simple concept. It means to know the meaning of life, and how to live it. To taste the joy of the Kingdom involves a letting go of all other things. Not in the sense that we have to give them up entirely ~ we still need a certain amount of them to live. What we have to do is let go of our dependence on them, of the way we make them the be-all and the end-all of our lives. Those who belong to the Kingdom of God will taste real joy even here. But that joy is only a foretaste of what they will experience hereafter, when they will come into full possession of the kingdom.