Catholic Daily Liturgical Guide 27.07.2022

JEREMIAH 15: 10, 16 – 21

Woe is me, my mother, that you bore me, a man of strife and contention to the whole land! I have not lent, nor have I borrowed, yet all of them curse me. Your words were found, and I ate them, and your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart; for I am called by your name, O Lord, God of hosts. I did not sit in the Company of merrymakers, nor did I rejoice; I sat alone, because your hand was upon me, for you had filled me with indignation. Why is my pain unceasing, my wound incurable, refusing to be healed? Will you be to me like a deceitful brook, like waters that fail? Therefore thus says the Lord: “If you return, I will restore you, and you shall stand before me. If you utter what is precious, and not what is worthless, you shall be as my mouth. They shall turn to you, but you shall not turn to them. And I will make you to this people a fortified wall of bronze; they will fight against you, but they shall not prevail over you, for I am with you to save you and deliver you, says the Lord. I will deliver you out of the hand of the wicked, and redeem you from the grasp of the ruthless.”

The Word of the Lord

RESPONSORIAL PSALM
Psalm 59: 2 – 4, 10 – 11, 17 – 18 (R.) 17d

R/. God is my refuge in the day of my distress

Rescue me from my foes, O God;
protect me from those who attack me.
O rescue me from those who do evil,
and save me from bloodthirsty men. R/.

See, they lie in wait for my life;
the strong band together against me.
For no offence, no sin of mine, O Lord. R/.

O my Strength, for you will I watch,
for you, O God, are my stronghold,
the God who shows me merciful love.
Now God will proceed before me,
God will let me look upon my foes. R/.

As for me, I will sing of your strength,
and acclaim your mercy in the morning,
for you have been my stronghold,
a refuge in the day of my distress. R/.

O my Strength, to you I will sing praise,
for you, O God, are my stronghold,
the God who shows me merciful love. R/.

ALLELUIA
John 15: 15b

Alleluia.
I have called you friends, says the Lord, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.
Alleluia

GOSPEL
“He sells all that he has and buys that field.”
MATTHEW 13: 44 – 46

At that time: Jesus said to the crowds, “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls, who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it.

The Gospel of the Lord
[2:31 am, 27/07/2022] Tk: REFLECTION: The Pearl of Great Price*
July 27, 2022

“Again, the Kingdom of heaven is like a merchant searching for fine pearls. When he finds a pearl of great price, he goes and sells all that he has and buys it.” (Matthew 13:45-46)

There are many beautiful insights we can take from this passage. Certainly we can see the Kingdom of Heaven as analogous to that “Pearl of Great Price!” But the passage actually states that the Kingdom of Heaven is analogous to the “merchant searching for fine pearls.” This is a revealing fact.

One insight this offers us is that the Kingdom of Heaven is found in our diligent search. We search the mystery of Heaven and it is this search that, in and of itself, presents to us God’s Kingdom.

Speaking of the “search for God” is another way of saying that God is a profound Mystery of Faith, a Mysterium Fidei as we say in Mass. As a divine “Mystery” it’s important to understand that we can never fully “find” God. We certainly can find Him, understand Him, come to know Him and give our lives to Him. But we can never do so fully. The truth is that the more we come to know God, the more we seek Him and the more we seek Him the more we realize we do not fully know Him. But this revelation draws us ever more deeply into the life of God and the acquisition of the Kingdom of Heaven.

The discovery of the beauty, value, mystery, power, and glory of God and His Kingdom is what life must be about. We must spend this life searching, finding, and searching more. This is what we will do in Heaven. Heaven will be a moment of the full revelation of the Kingdom and the inner life of God, but we will discover in this revelation that we will eternally enter more deeply into God and His glorious presence.

Reflect, today, upon the search that you embark on in your life. Is it a diligent search for God? Or do you grow slack in this endeavor? Recommit yourself to a wholehearted search for God and you will find that this search is actually a discovery of the glories of the Kingdom of Heaven.

PRAYER:
My eternal King, I love You and desire to love You all the more. Please fill me with zeal and hope as I seek You. May my wholehearted search for You reveal to me the mystery of Your glorious inner life. As I discover You, help me to seek You all the more. Jesus, I trust in You.

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