Matthew 13: 44-46.
Wednesday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time.
I will make a small sacrifice of my time to do something extra for someone who needs God's love.
Matthew 13: 44-46
Introductory Prayer: Lord, you
have made me for yourself, and my heart is restless until I rest in you. I want to encounter you
more deeply today so that you can be my treasure. Thank you for the gift of this new day. I know you
love me. I wish to discover your love more deeply and give it to others.
help me to treasure the gift of your friendship.
1. In Search of a Treasure: The restlessness in our
hearts can be compared to a hunt for treasure. In different ways we all experience the desire for
unconditional love, true goodness, the answer to our deepest questions. In Christ, God has come to
give himself to us. He is the one we truly long for; he is our greatest treasure. During this time
of prayer let us deepen our awareness of the greatness of his gift of friendship, and let us
strengthen this friendship by our openness to his love.
2. The Priceless Treasure: In
Christ we have experienced the overwhelming faithfulness of God's love for us. In his mercy we
discover that our life has infinite value in the Father's eyes. In his teachings we discover the
wisdom to build our life on solid ground. In his grace we receive the strength to grow in love and
holiness. This is where we can build a true future. This is where we can live up to our calling to
greatness. But we must be willing to leave aside all other concerns to really possess this treasure.
We must leave aside anything that tries to give us a false sense of security outside of God. Am I
making my friendship with Christ the one value that guides my heart and my
3. The Unopened Treasure Chest: Unpacking this treasure is the
work of our spiritual life. We need to cooperate with Christ's grace in order to truly possess this
treasure. The cultivation of faith, hope and charity helps us discover and live this treasure more
fully each day. Our sacrifices and renunciations done to put on the new man help us dig this
treasure out of the earthy make-up of our lives. Living generous charity helps us make this treasure
truly last and enrich our lives. Am I sincerely allowing Christ's treasure to transform
Conversation with Christ:
Lord, thank you for the gift of your love. You are
the treasure I truly long for. Help me to enter more deeply into your heart this day by doing things
your way no matter what the cost. Help me to value the gift of your friendship above everything
Resolution: I will make a small sacrifice of my time to do something extra for
someone who needs God's love.