There was once a survey made and the question was, “What is the most important thing in life?” The top twelve answers were:
Indeed they are important but they are all fleeting, fading, and passing. One day it is useful, the next day it is not.
St. Matthew’s Gospel talks about the pearl of great price…the treasure that is buried in the field. A man discovers this and gives up everything in life. What are the three characteristics of the pearl of great price and treasure buried in the field?
- It cannot be seen. To see is to believe. How can one be so valuable that it cannot be seen? How can one be so valuable that it cannot be touched? How can one be so valuable that you trade it for another item? The pearl of great price; the buried treasured has still to be discovered.
- It is constant. Health one day will turn to sickness. Time is limited. Education is ours but something new will come. Sleep when one grows old is limited. With the pearl of great price, the buried treasure does not change. Whatever changes are the happenings in the world.
- It is here in this life and in the next life. All the things that are important in this world we leave behind. We came into the world with nothing, and we are leaving the world with nothing. The pearl of great price, the buried treasure is both here in this life and in the next life.
My dear friends, the pearl of great price, “the buried treasure”… is the discovery of God.
What are some of the blessings of one who discovers God?
- First, someone is in control. With all that is happening in this world, what will happen now? When we overthink, we become anxious, fearful, depressed, and worried. When one has God, one can say in prayer, “Lord, I do not know where this pandemic will lead us but you are in control.”
- Second, someone to call on to and to cry to. How we wish we could figure out life. How we wish we can make always the right decision. God is the author of life though. Hence we can call on him and cry out to him.
- Third, someone to judge. Look at the lives of people who think there is no God. How much those people hurt others, take advantage of others, and make life difficult for others. No wonder, evil seems to prevail. When one knows that God will judge us at the end of our lives though, our decisions, our actions, and our words are totally different.
May we discover God in our lives. It is one thing to hear about God. It is one thing to study about God. It’s one thing to go to Mass and do all the good things. It is one thing to help others. All of these only become meaningful when we have God in our lives. The pearl of great price, the buried treasure.