(18th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C)
The goal of the Christian life is to purify our hearts and minds from worldly ways and earthly thinking and set our lives on the way to total abandonment and trust in the Father. It is He who offers us His Kingdom through His Son in the Spirit with the sole motive of making everyone of us part of His Kingdom. The one who understands this great treasure and surrender himself or herself totally to Him becomes a truly happy person in his or her life. This person has all his or her hope on Him and thus already established himself or herself in the Kingdom of God. He or she has no worries of “worldly philosophy” just because he or she is well focused and know’s very well what exactly real joy is.
The Gospel of this Sunday speaks to us the same message. Luke tells us that our security does not depend on any human or material foundation. Our true security comes from our total trust in God, and placing our material securities in the treasuries of the eternal kingdom. St Paul understood it very clearly when he wrote, “I believe nothing can happen that will outweigh the supreme advantage of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For him I have accepted the loss of everything, and I look on everything as so much rubbish if only I can have Christ” (Phil 3:8).
Our faith in Jesus Christ is the true treasure and our commitment to the Kingdom of God is our priority as Christians. It is in the Kingdom all our joys and securities are stored. Hence, let us embrace God’s plan and programme as ours.
“The things that we love tells us what we are” Thomas Aquinas.