Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
July 24, A.D. 2005
1 Kings 3:5, 7-12
Psalm 119:57, 72, 76-77, 127-130
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
"Do you understand all these things?" (Matthew 13:51)
The kingdom of Heaven, is truly to be understood as our greatest treasure,
our most sought after prize. Jesus offers this kingdom of Heaven to all,
good or bad, to come to Life. The ones who will to acquire this treasure of
redemption, and respond to these graces, give all to God and find an eternal
home in His kingdom. Those who refuse are removed to an eternity of unending
misery, burning, wailing and grinding of teeth.
"Do you understand all these things?" Jesus asks. He wants and indeed
expects us to "know" the choice before us and thus choose to give all for
this "treasure" given for us to "find." It requires nothing less than our
"all" as a daily fiat. The consequence of our choice to reject this treasure
is, as He also clearly reveals, an eternity of endless suffering.
Jesus directs, "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." This points to the responsibility of those given
knowledge about the kingdom, to serve as the head of many and share this
fresh and ancient Truth with the old and the new alike.
O Beloved Lord, our only Treasure, grace us to answer, "Do you understand?"
with a fiat like the Blessed Mother, and renounce self in order to acquire
the treasured Kingdom of Heaven; may we faithfully bring forth from our
storerooms this fresh and ancient Truth. Amen.
- Mary Williams
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