Gospel Reading and Thoughts for July 27, 2014

Gospel – Matthew 13:44-52

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 aJesus teaching2nd 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.”

Where is our treasure? Do we give up everything to obtain that pearl of great price? Do we value what God values?

Sometimes, we can get distracted by worldly pullings. Money and power are two obvious distractions from the true value of life, but what about the need for recognition, appreciation or attention. More subtle, these can also distract us from where our treasure lies. They can lead us to spend our time away from the true treasure God has given us.

So we need to look at all of our blessings – look into our spouse’s eyes, kiss our children, call our family members – and thank God for our treasures here on earth.

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