July 31, 2013

The Gospel Today

Memorial of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, Priest

Mt. 13:44-46

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. Marlon Landicho):

            The kingdom of God is likened to a rare treasure.  If one finds it, he will let go of everything just to have it.  Maybe this is what St. Ignatius of Loyola found and experienced when he decided to let go of his military life and follow God.  But following God is not an easy task.  We will always face challenges and trails that will help us purify our intentions and reasons for following Him.  But as we experience these trials and challenges, we are always assured that God will be with us in this journey.

            Finding the kingdom means choosing God and letting go of our own preferences.  But it is also by His grace that we are able to overcome every obstacle along the way.  This will require us to have a deeper relationship with Him and allowing Him to lead us to the path He wants us to tread. St. Ignatius experienced different trials that led him to purify his intentions through the discernment which eventually led to what is known today as the Ignatian spiritual retreat.

            Looking at his life, it is really amazing how God moves different people through the various situations.  People may have the same experience but there will always be uniqueness in every experience as God always reveal Himself individually to each person.  An experience uniquely his own.

            In the end, we would always go back and say . . . What can we give up that You have not given. . . . what do we have that is not already Yours. . . . .

            As we celebrate the Feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola, let us continue to ask for the grace of openness and to be indifferent to material things all for the greater glory of God.

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