Sunday, July 24, 2011
Matthew 13:44-52 (The Hidden Treasure)
I thought I was going to have a day off because I already have a poem for this Gospel passage, but the Lord gave me another thought to share. So the poem I have in reserve!
We often feel that we are not understood, even by our closest friends and dearest family members. This feeling can be the source of a great, abiding sorrow in our lives. But we must realize that the inner treasure of our true self is hidden with Christ in God. Jesus has bought us with the price of His own blood. He wants us for Himself. Yes, we do and should give ourselves to our loved ones, but that secret, innermost source of our life is reserved and revealed only to the Divine Lover. Everyone needs to feel that he or she (especially she!) is treasured by a special someone. The cloistered nun knows that she has been found and loved by Christ, then hidden in the enclosure to be His own. But she is also the sacramental sign that each human being is also the treasured one of God. When we permit Him to purchase us, it is at the same time a death to our selves and a nuptial embrace. Here we find our life and bear fruit for the kingdom of heaven.