August 2, 2017
Wednesday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time
The Gospel Today
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.”
REFLECTION (Sem. Keith R. Buenaventura)
As I reflect on today’s Gospel, I remember the community where I was raised. It is a very poor community where most, if not all, people there are living below the poverty line. I remember when I was awarded valedictorian in grade school and our barangay chairman talked to me and my parents. He said that I need to strive more so I can move my family out of our community. I did not understand during that time what he meant. Later on, I realized how crab mentality and laziness have already been creeping in every household there, except ours. I was in search for the “pearl” that would make my family at least feel relieved from poverty. I studied well to land a job that pays well. I invested in the education of my younger siblings too.
My parents’ priority is our education for they see it as the only way for us to have a better future. They tell us that finishing high school is not enough, for having a college degree will land us a good job. They encourage us to strive to be valedictorian, so that we will have a good chance of receiving scholarships.
My education has given me a big opportunity for growth and to help my family. While working, however, I had started to search for the meaning of life until I decided to go back to my first dream. After serious search and discernment, I decided to enter the seminary.
The pearl of great price, I realized, is not the riches here on earth but God who has given me all those things which made me rich—my family, friends, work, talents. Now that I am a seminarian, I am still in a continuous journey of looking for this treasure, God, who always enriches my spiritual life.