Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
In today’s Gospel reading from the evangelist St. Matthew, Jesus’ parables describe the Kingdom of Heaven. In the first parable, Jesus tells of a man who finds a buried treasure; in the second, a merchant searches and finds a valuable pearl. In both stories, the men sell everything to buy these treasures. Through these parables, we learn to aspire to love God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, as well as our neighbor. This love graces us in holiness, in our attempt to strive for the treasure of heaven. King Solomon, in the First Book of Kings, asks God for an understanding heart instead of wealth. Faith-filled stewards know the path to eternal salvation is not easy. But through evangelization efforts expressed through stewardship, we deepen our discipleship in Christ and increase our chances of gaining eternal life. For examples of those who made Jesus personal in their lives, read the inspiring stories of our saints and pray to God through them for wisdom and guidance.