“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which someone found and hid; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls; on finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
Today we celebrate the feast day of St. Ignatius of Loyola. The story goes that, while recovering from injuries he sustained in battle, Ignatius read a book on the lives of the saints and on the life of Christ. These readings changed the direction of his life. Without even knowing that he was searching, Ignatius had found his treasure, not in earthly possessions nor in worldly fame, as his noble family may have expected, but in a spiritual gift beyond price.
Every day don’t we also search for our treasure? If we examine what is truly important to us in our lives, we may just find that our treasure is an unexpected gift of the Holy Spirit right in front of our eyes. As the Gospel message for today asks, will we, out of joy, go and sell all that we have so we can own that treasure?
—Kathy England is a Pastoral Associate at St. Francis Xavier Church in Cincinnati, OH.
Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty,
my memory, my understanding,
and my entire will,
All I have and call my own.
You have given all to me.
To you, Lord, I return it.
Everything is yours; do with it what you will.
Give me only your love and your grace,
that is enough for me.
—Suscipe of St. Ignatius of LoyolaPlease share the Good Word with your friends!