“AGAIN, THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN IS LIKE A MERCHANT SEARCHING FOR FINE PEARLS.” MT 13:44-46
Humbly submit your will to God (Thy Will be done) and consecrate yourself to the Sacred Heart of Jesus through Mary and Joseph.
Jesus said to his disciples:
“The Kingdom of heaven is like a treasure buried in a field,
which a person finds and hides again,
and out of joy goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.
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.” MT 13:44-46
Why is heaven worth giving up everything for? What does heaven have to offer me? Why do people seek heaven? Jesus says heaven is worth giving up everything for. Why? If this is our ultimate goal, why do we know so little about it. Maybe God wants us to trust Him and have faith in Him. Peter Kreeft says, “Heaven’s joy is so great that the worst life on earth looks nothing more than a cough due cold.” Most importantly it is where God dwells. Their is no pain and suffering. Our wills are perfectly in tune with the One who created us and this makes us perfectly full of joy. The music is so good we would faint if we heard it on earth.
God is so Almighty we would disintegrate if we saw Him on earth. Most importantly, we no longer are fighting our inner battles, we are just at peace eternally. Our relationships are no longer a struggle but full of joy. Why? We find out that what we accomplish or how we perform if not with love for the glory of God, mean nothing in heaven. We do not have to work for food, shelter, or clothing. We know everyone and everything perfectly and the mysteries of God are revealed to us.
Most importantly we know ourselves and that we are loved. God wants us to know this on earth so we can be who He created to be and love the unique way He personally loves us. All challenges are met, all who we miss we will get to be with, all that we desire and search for each day is fulfilled (if we have learned to do God’s will and not our own).
Why would Jesus say heaven is like a great pearl or finding a buried treasure if it is not. He cannot lie. We must remember where we come from and where we are going. This peace can be enjoyed here on earth, too. Be baptized, reject Satan/sin, receive God’s grace in the sacraments and through good deeds (works of mercy.
We can live out our baptismal vows by praying without ceasing, offer up indulgences for sins that have been forgiven by a priest by doing devotions recognized by the Church, offer up all suffering with Christ’s to be purified/carry your daily crosses. We can learn how to live out our baptismal vows by those who have modeled holiness before us in the saints and reading spiritual books, then we can be at peace with God and experience His joy, heaven on earth (thy Kingdom come thy Will be done on earth as it is in heaven).
We find the pearl and the buried treasure when we surrender our life and allow Christ to be the very center falling in love with Him, then recognize we are a sinner and invite Jesus to uproot the deadly sins in us, and finally we realize our life is not about us we can glorify Him through our love for others (Bishop Barron “The Strangest Way” the 3 paths to holiness.
Today’s challenge: Find a book about heaven and read it. Peter Kreeft has two. Set your sights on heaven and ask Jesus to help you get there. It is worth selling all that you have! Ask St. Francis!
Be a servant, become a saint!