Saturday, July 23, 2011

Seventeenth Sunday of Ordinary Time Year A - 2011

You know when we fall in love
when we really fall in love it's as if our whole being changes.

We move from thinking about ourselves
to thinking about the one or ones we love.

Suddenly we have the ability to make incredible sacrifices.

We find within ourselves the power to forgive any offense
even when we really hurt.

We all know that you can love someone and forgive them but still be perturbed or disappointed with them.

When we love we willingly go without so that we can give to those we care about and we harbor no ill will because of our sacrifice.

Don't get me wrong love is not all rosy.
Love is certainly not easy

We all know that.

You know it's not easy being married.
I know that it is not easy being a celibate priest.

Every life has its ups and downs.

You know that bringing children into the world is filled with joys and filled with challenges.

I know that being the Pastor of a beautiful parish like St. Paul's is filled with joys and filled with challenges.

Yes there is a very high price to pay when we love.
If we find love too easy we might not be loving at all.

Yet without a doubt love permits us to do super human things,
holy things.

When we are able to love we conform ourselves more closely to the image and likeness of God.

We become more and more like Him.

The Gospel today reminds us that our commitment to God and God's Kingdom,
have to be as strong as our commitment to those we love.

In other words when the man discovered God and God's Kingdom he went and sold everything he had to purchase the treasure he had found.

If our faith does not demand from us the same level of sacrifice there is something wrong.

It is not easy to be a Catholic
It is not easy to follow Christ

It is fool hardy or naive to think that just as Christ's life led him to the  cross somehow and our lives can avoid that same sacrifice.

But even with the high price that our love of God and God's Kingdom demands many of us can't even conceive our lives without our faith.

It is indeed like a treasure buried in a field

Its value is beyond measure
and it is worth every sacrifice.

So Holy ones everyday let's try to let go of what we have
and what we want so that we too can purchase the treasure in the field and deepen our relationship with God and each other..

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. 

Let us go and do the same with our fear.


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