If the question of God to Solomon (First Reading) had been addressed to us, what would we have asked God: “Ask what you would like me to give you.” (1King 3:5) Solomon asked: “Give your servant a heart to understand how to
discern between good and evil…”. For those of us who do not know what to ask God in prayer, this is a good one to ask for every day!
Wisdom is indeed what all parents need as they are the first teachers of their children, what political leaders need and all those who have a position of leadership! We also need the gift of understanding to comprehend the hidden meanings of God’s Word.
In today’s Gospel, Jesus teaches about the nature of the Kingdom of God by using several metaphors which require the gifts of the Holy Spirit as we should not interpret his words according to our human and limited capacity.
How do you understand what the “Kingdom of God” is? What would you say to someone who asked you that question? Would you simply say what you think it is and how you understand it? We all have our own opinions on things. Yet when it comes to the teachings of the Catholic faith, faith based on the life and teachings of Christ which have been made more and more explicit by the Holy Spirit down the centuries, we are called to teach the truth revealed, not our opinions.
If we are used to searching things using “Google” and other means, would we dare to think that Google will tell us the whole truth about what the “Kingdom of God” is?
So, what does Jesus expect from us? He expects us to listen and meditate on his words as Mary his mother did. Let us do the same now.
“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field which someone has found; he hides it again, goes off happy, sells everything he owns and buys the field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls; when he finds one of great value he goes and sells everything he owns and buys it. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a dragnet cast into the sea that brings in a haul of all kinds.” (Mt 13:44-52)
Three words seem important: treasure, merchant and dragnet…