When the time would come, at the end of Summer, it was usually my two grandmothers who would take me, my brother, and my sister shopping. I learned two questions from watching them look over the merchandise: "What does it cost?", and "ls it worth the price?" Those are the questions proposed to us in our Gospel this Weekend "What is your life in Christ worth to you? What does it cost? Is it worth the price to you?"
The person of true Wisdom, like Solomon, as we read in the first reading, will seek the ways of God above all other treasures. (cf 1 Kings 3:5, 7-12).
"Do you love His words more than gold and silver, as we sing in today's Psalm? Would you, like the characters in the Gospel today, sell all that you have in order to possess the kingdom He promises to us? If God were to grant any wish, would you follow Solomon's example in today's First Reading-asking not for a long life or riches, but for wisdom to know God's ways and to desire His will?" (Dr Scott Hahn)
Many who listened to Jesus' preaching rejected Him. For them, the Kingdom was too costly, or not worth it.
But those who listen and receive the Words of Christ have found a pearl of great price, a treasure hidden in a field. And I must be willing to give up all that I have-all my priorities and plans, my ego, my pride, my anger, my opinions, even my very life-in order to gain it. What does this look like? Go and look upon a crucifix.
If we do this, we become conformed to the image of Christ, the Son, and are counted among his brothers and sisters. Then we can stand confident that all things work for the good-that we whom He has justified, will also one day be glorified (cf Rom 8:2830).
God bless you all, Father Robert Letona
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