July 30, 2017
Seventeenth Sunday 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.
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.”
REFLECTION (Sem. Gerald M. Moscardon)
Technology nowadays has skyrocketed in its innovation and new advancements. I have personally witnessed how mobile communication changed from the launch of the beepers which was quickly replaced by bulky mobile phones which were cool during the early 90’s. Towards the late 90’s smaller, quirkier phones were launched and they were made affordable and available even for young people. From then on, technology rapidly changed launching new models almost every year. With this rapidly changing pace, people also get hooked on keeping up with the change. They look out for the latest models of phones or tablets and they save up or sell what they can just to get hold of the new model. People would queue and camp outside the stores days before the opening just to get hold of the latest model. People would do everything, even crazy things, to get what they value the most.
The Gospel today reminds us how the Kingdom of God should be valued above all else. More than anything that we value in this world, seeking God’s kingdom trumps all other desires. Sadly, many do not see how valuable God’s Kingdom is that they spend too much of their time, talent, and treasure seeking other things of much lesser value to satisfy their wants. If one can only truly see what Jesus is offering us, we would not waste any more time in useless worldly folly. Let us ask the Lord to give us the grace to seek what is truly precious and shun the lures of the world that takes away our focus from what we should truly aim for, an eternal life with God.