Vocation Meditation - July 27
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Jesus spoke to his disciples: "The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field, which someone found and hid: then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.
"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls; on finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it.
"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was thrown into the sea and caught fish of every kind; when it was full, they drew it ashore, sat down and put the good into baskets but threw out the bad."
As Jesus continues to speak of God's Kingdom in parables, He leads his hearers to greater depths of understanding. He revealed to them what possessing the Kingdom entails. It entails radicality. To possess His reign in one's heart necessitates a constant preferential option for Him and the life He offers. It demands conversion of heart. One needs to leave behind non-essentials for what really matters. Finally, as seekers of His Kingdom, Jesus asks us to learn the art of welcoming His blessings that surprisingly come everyday in varied shapes and forms.
God's Kingdom is not for the faint-hearted.
What treasures do I have worth keeping strong?
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