29 July 2017

STAKING EVERYTHING ON ONE THING

XVII SUNDAY OF THE YEAR
1 kings 3:5, 7-12; romans 8:28-30; matthew 13:44-52 or 13:44-46

a youth-group member, an infosys employee, was leaving for the us of a, and wanted to sell his infosys shares. the others in the group were willing to do anything to buy those shares. one guy was willing to sell his bike; now this guy wouldn’t allow anyone to touch his bike! anything for infosys shares!
many youngsters run away from home chasing a dream. their dreams may be different—to become «somebody» or make it «big», to join bollywood—but they have one thing in common: they have left everything—home and family—to achieve that goal.  
the shares-seeking-youngster and the dream-chasing-kid are both willing to stake everything for something they perceive is invaluable.


that’s jesus’ point in today’s gospel: the farm-worker, who stumbles on a treasure, and the pearl merchant, who finds an invaluable pearl after a great search, appreciate the value of their find and sell everything to possess their find.
to an outsider, these men appear insane; they give up everything for one object. but they are certain about the wisdom of what they do: they give up something valuable to get the one invaluable treasure; they stake everything on one thing… the right thing. 
jesus gave up everything he valued—his family, his home, his comfort, his profession—to do his father’s will… his greatest treasure. in the first reading, solomon chooses «an understanding heart» over long life, riches and the life of his enemies! that was his treasure.

jesus invites us to seek the kingdom and its values. we might stumble over it (like the farmer) or we might find it unexpectedly after a long search (like the pearl merchant). one thing is clear: we will experience great joy when we discover it! 
the question then is: am i ready to stake everything for it?