17TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
Psalter: Week 4 / (Green)
Ps 119:57, 72, 76-77, 127-128, 129-130
Lord, I love your commands.
1st Reading: 1 Kgs 3:5, 7-12
It was in Gibeon, during the night, that Yahweh appeared to Solomon in a dream and said, “Ask what you want me to give you.“
And now, O Yahweh my God, you have made your servant king in place of David my father, although I am but a young boy who does not know how to undertake anything. Meantime, your servant is in the midst of your people whom you have chosen—a people so great that they can neither be numbered nor counted.
Give me, therefore, an understanding mind in governing your people that I may discern between good and evil. For who is able to govern this multitude of people of yours?“
Yahweh was pleased that Solomon had made this request. And he told him, “Because you have requested this rather than long life or wealth or even vengeance on your enemies; indeed, because you have asked for yourself understanding to discern what is right, I shall grant you your request. I now give you a wise and discerning mind such as no one has had before you nor anyone after you shall ever have.
2nd Reading: Rom 8:28-30
We know that in everything, God works for the good of those who love him, whom he has called, according to his plan. Those whom he knew beforehand, he has also predestined, to be like his Son, similar to him, so, that, he may be the Firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And so, those whom God predestined, he called; and those whom he called, he makes righteous; and to those whom he makes righteous, he will give his glory.
Gospel: Mt 13:44-52
The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure, hidden in a field. The one who finds it, buries it again; and so happy is he, that he goes and sells everything he has, in order to buy that field.
Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a trader, who is looking for fine pearls. Once he has found a pearl of exceptional quality, he goes away, sells everything he has and buys it.
Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a big fishing net, let down into the sea, in which every kind of fish has been caught. When the net is full, it is dragged ashore. Then they sit down and gather the good fish into buckets, but throw the bad away. That is how it will be at the end of time; the angels will go out to separate the wicked from the just, and to throw the wicked into the blazing furnace, where they will weep and gnash their teeth.“
Jesus asked, “Have you understood all these things?“ “Yes,“ they answered. So he said to them, “Therefore, every teacher of the law, who becomes a disciple of the kingdom of heaven, is like a householder, who can produce from his store things both new and old.“
Read: Solomon asks God for an understanding and discerning heart. In everything, God works for the good of those who love him. The parables of the treasure and the trader reveal how much God values us.
Reflect: The two parables–of treasure and the trader–look similar, but they are surprisingly different! In the first, the Kingdom is the treasure. We stumble up on it, and those who desire, possess it. In the second, the Kingdom is the trader. He is looking for fine pearls and once he finds such pearl, he sells everything to buy it. Here, God is the trader who actively seeks for fine pearls–you and me–and upon finding us, God sells everything–even unto death–to possess us. The kingdom is an incredibly joyous place of mutual finding, at great cost.
Pray: Let us pray for the courage to sell everything to possess the King(dom).
Act: Commit Romans 8:28 to your memory.
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