Jesus often used parables in His teachings during His public ministry.  Many of those were about the “kingdom of heaven”.  From His teachings we know that our lives here on earth are not the reason for our creation, that is, our life on earth is a pilgrimage we’re on to our eternal life.  What we must look forward to is eternity with God in Heaven or eternity with the devil in Hell.  It is important that we understand that how we live our life on earth will determine what our life after earth will be.  If Christ were present in our world today and He spoke about “a treasure hidden in a field which a man found and hid again, then sold everything and bought the field” would you ‘get’ what the message is in this teaching?  In other words, what would be your treasure hidden in a field?  What would you be willing to give up to have that treasure? Christ likened it to the ‘kingdom of heaven’ for those who heard His message first hand.  What is the “pearl of great price” for you?  What is your “mustard seed, the smallest of all which grows to become the largest of plants”?

We need to spend time in reflection and prayer and identify for ourselves what is our ‘hidden treasure’ or ‘pearl of great price’.  If you discover that yours is your Catholic faith, which, by the way, is one of the most common interpretations of Christ’s parables about the ‘kingdom’, then you need to take the next step and answer the question “What am I willing to do to possess, grow and preserve my Catholic faith?”  We are blest by the generosity of our Father who gifts us with our faith and our free will.  We must choose to possess, grow and preserve that gift daily to ensure that our life lived on earth will lead us to a reward of life in eternity with God.  Christ tells us that it’s not enough just to say, “I believe” and we will be saved.  If we believe, then we will live out that belief by following His commandments to love God and our neighbor.  We do that by loving the poor and weak, by caring for those who have less than we do and by performing those works of mercy He taught us.  “Whatever you do for one of these, the least of my children, you do to Me.” (Matt. 25:40).  During the next few weeks take some time, especially if you can do so before the Blessed Sacrament, and identify what is YOUR hidden treasure, your pearl of great price, your mustard seed.  Then examine what you are willing to give up to possess, grow and preserve that prize.  Start becoming an intentional Catholic Christian by how you live your life from day to day, putting Christ as the center of your focus and those less fortunate as the beneficiaries of your actions. Thank you for all you do to drive our mission forward.  Please pray or all priests as we do for you.

Pastor’s Points is a bi-weekly feature about faith, family, and life, from our pastor, Father James Flynn. It is published in our parish bulletins, as well.