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Vocation Meditation -
July 24, 2011

Jesus spoke to the crowds:
"The Kingdom of heaven is like 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, he drew it ashore, sat down, and put the good into baskets but threw out the bad."

Jesus proclaims that the kingdom of God is where God reigns. It is where peace, joy, purpose and fulfillment in one's life reside. It is where the human heart and creation are at home. However, with the experience of sin, the offer of the kingdom of God has not been easy to find. It has become the heart's constant search.

Jesus tells us the kingdom of God is God's will for us: to find it is to find God! We gather lessons from these three parables.

Vocation Challenge:
"On finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all he had." Do I strive to 'sell all' lesser pearls that I cling to each day for this supreme 'pearl' of my vocation?

Dear God,
My vocation to follow You is by far my treasure, my pearl of great price. You hid it in me when I was born. Then You led me to it that I might heed your voice so as to possess it above all other calls. Lord, when lusters of lesser pearls attract me during moments of human weakness and confusion, draw me close to You. Shine your light so that I may again recognize the dignity, the grace and the joy of being chosen, loved and sent to serve in Your Church. Amen.

For the full Gospel reading for this Sunday, visit the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops site.

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