As my godchildren are graduating from high school and moving to the next chapter of their lives I wonder what do I say to them? They are still teens and may not hear it. And may not listen because I talk too much. But if you know me you know I like to say something anyway.
I started thinking life is about finding that pearl of great price. Matthew’s Gospel tells us in Chapter Six to “seek first the Kingdom of God and everything else will fall into place.”
And then in Matthew’s chapter 13 we are told of this Great treasure.
“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.
Matthew tells us to “Seek First the Kingdom of God” (Mt 6:33) after the chapter on the Beatitudes, and after giving us the Lord’s Prayer (Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven.)
God is calling us to be kingdom people today, here on earth. We do it by having a relationship with God and in knowing we are created in His image and likeness and we are called to pass it on to others.
Life is about discovering ourselves in who God created us to be.
In Gaudium et Spes we hear that true freedom comes in being what we were created to be.
- Only in freedom can man direct himself toward goodness. Our contemporaries make much of this freedom and pursue it eagerly; and rightly to be sure. Often however they foster it perversely as a license for doing whatever pleases them, even if it is evil. For its part, authentic freedom is an exceptional sign of the divine image within man. For God has willed that man remain “under the control of his own decisions,”(12) so that he can seek his Creator spontaneously, and come freely to utter and blissful perfection through loyalty to Him. Hence man’s dignity demands that he act according to a knowing and free choice that is personally motivated and prompted from within, not under blind internal impulse nor by mere external pressure. Man achieves such dignity when, emancipating himself from all captivity to passion, he pursues his goal in a spontaneous choice of what is good, and procures for himself through effective and skillful action, apt helps to that end. Since man’s freedom has been damaged by sin, only by the aid of God’s grace can he bring such a relationship with God into full flower. Before the judgment seat of God each man must render an account of his own life, whether he has done good or evil.(13)
SO my prayer is you know you are the pearl of Great price, Jesus died for you and believes in you. That in discovering yourself you discover the Joy and Hopes that our Heavenly Father has in store for you. Treat yourself with honor, knowing you are a pearl. And treat others, as you would want to be treated. Seek first the Kingdom of God, and when you find it you will find yourself and your purpose.
Or to make a long story short, The Kingdom is about God, you are made in God’s image, the Kingdom is a pearl therefore you are a pearl… Remember your worth (Jesus died for you)! When times get rough Pray, seeking God’s will! It is in His will that you will find Joy!
In need of more reflection and editing…