The Treasure Hunt
Matthew 13: 44-46
Wednesday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time
I will make a small sacrifice
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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.
Lord, help me to treasure the gift of
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 decisions?
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 me?
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
I will make a small sacrifice of my time to do something extra
for someone who needs God's love.
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