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17th Sunday of the Year – A

Dear friends in Christ,

A rich young man asks Jesus, “What must I do to possess eternal life?” Jesus replies, “Go sell what you have, give the money to the poor, and come follow me.” But the young man walks away sad, because he is very wealthy. So Jesus tells us, “the Kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden, a pearl of great value” that we must keep searching for.

This Sunday’s readings are about choices. How we are to do when we have many choices to make in our daily lives? We need discernment: the wisdom to look at different options and come up with the right decision, the one being in line with God’s will.

Ten centuries before Christ, when Solomon was made king of Israel, he was a young man, lacking of experience and ability to govern. God told him to ask for any gift, and it would be granted. Solomon could have asked for everything, wealth, power, prestige. Instead, he asked for wisdom, saying, “Give your servant an understanding heart to judge your people and to distinguish right from wrong.” The Lord was pleased.

Solomon’s wisdom is not based on self-interest or self-promotion but founded on God himself. If God is part of our life then we will have it made, even when things seem to be puzzle. St. Paul says, “All things work for good for those who love God.”

God is love. He himself is the Kingdom, the pearl of great value, a hidden treasure that must be searched for by all. Someone rightly says this: “The pearl of great price is there within our grasp, it is being held out to us free of charge. It is free, but to take it we have to have empty hands.” Are we ready to accept God?

Fr. Joe