July 27, 2014 – Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Do you dream?  How much of those dreams do you recall?  How significant, in the grand scheme of faith and life, is the content?  Has God ever appeared to you in one of your dreams or placed something upon your heart?

I’d never really given much thought to those questions until recently, really only after I read the first reading from this week:  1 Kings 3:5, 7-12.  Can you imagine what Solomon must have been thinking when God appeared to him and asked him to request something of the Lord and he would be provided with it?  What would you ask for?  I posed that question to myself and couldn’t come close to the humble, compassionate and loving response Solomon provided:  “Give your servant an understanding heart to judge your people and to distinguish right from wrong.  For who is able to govern this vast people of yours?”  God chose a child, a servant and a person of little means and gave him the opportunity to request anything.  He chose not for himself but, to love those around him and serve them.  This pleased God greatly.  Could you think of others if given the chance to receive anything YOU wanted?  Because Solomon did just that, God gave him a heart filled with wisdom and understanding.  Imagine how awesome that would be if we allowed our own hearts to be filled with such love for others.

In the second reading, 2 Romans 8:28-30 – The scripture reminds us that good things happen to those who love God and do good for others.  That’s easy enough, right?  The passage tells us that God formed each of us in the image of His son so that we would have a glaring example to learn from, live up to and reflect to all others.  If we reflect His image through each of our words, actions and ways, the world around us would be better, stronger and filled more deeply with faith.  To me, it simply says:  “Love one another.”

In the Gospel taken from Matthew 13:44-52, God describes the Kingdom of Heaven as “a treasure buried in a field, which a person finds and hides again.”  He goes on to say that this same person, following their burying of the treasure, will sell everything they have to go and buy that field where they have buried the treasure.  I’ve read this scripture many times and believe that it can be translated into various forms.  When I think of my current lot in life and the many blessings and gifts that God has provided, the form which resonates most vividly in my mind is this:  If God provides such a beautiful treasure, why bury it?  Pick that treasure up, polish it and share it with those around you.  Take the gift of His love and give him the love in return by loving those around you from the top, middle, bottom and sides part of your heart.  If His love and His treasure is accepted, shared and exchanged between all of us, the angels will have no reason to cast some into the fiery furnace because we’ll all be worshiping together.

We are asked to do and perform one simple thing for one another.  Love.  Love one another.  If it is so easy, why do we struggle so mightily to accomplish this feat?  Let us go forth today with one common goal and vision:  Love one another by making the world around us better by our words, actions and ways.  If we do, we shall all receive the treasure God has waiting for each of us.

God bless you today and always.

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