Classic Chris’ Corner

At Mass a few Sundays ago the readings really touched me.  In the first reading Solomon is about to become king when he has an encounter with God.  The Lord offers him the choice of having anything he desired.

His selection is a wonderful example for all of us.  He chose wisdom that he might be better able to do God’s will for the people.  Having been raised up to be king was not sufficient in Solomon’s eyes, he realized he needed continuous help from God to be able to accomplish God’s desires as king.  Simply put his choice was GOD!!

In the New Testament readings Jesus speaks of the “pearl of great price” and the “treasure hidden in the field”.  It is been written that the “pearl of great price” is placing a priority on having an intimate relationship with God, and the “hidden treasure” is seeking and finding that which is hidden within you that the Spirit of God wants to reveal.  Jesus continues by saying that you should sell al you have to gain these prizes.

Like Soloman we too are given a choice, to put aside the things we hold as important that might separate us from God and seek after him so that we might follow his plan for us.

The Gospel of Matthew tells us that not everyone who says, Lord, Lord shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but only those who do the will of God.  As John Byers has written:  “You may go to heaven without health, without riches, without learning, without friends, but never without an awareness of the Love of God for all of his creation.”  What do you hold important?  What are your priorities?  On what do you spend the time and money that you have control of?  Reflect upon that and you will come to know what is important to you?  Have you chosen God as the most important treasure in your life?

…Chris Malmgren

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