Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Reflection of the Word of God.
First Reading (1 Kings 3:5,7-12): Those who seek wisdom to discern between good and evil and to do the will of God as the highest gift are blessed by God. This was Solomon's experience.
Second Reading (Rom 8:28-30): God calls us, on his own initiative, to be his sons and daughters.
Gospel (Mt 13:44-52): The kingdom of God is worth more than anything else in the world. For him we should be willing to give up everything else.
The Book of Kings presents us a decisive moment in the life of King Solomon, who feels unable to fulfill the task of ruling Israel. He does not feel up to being king. However, he understands that an indispensable condition for being a good ruler has to do with the ability to listen, the wisdom of the heart to know how to govern and to distinguish between good and evil. His ability to rule wisely is a gift from God, although over time it seems that he would forget such a gift.
The gospel presents us two parables to explain the kingdom of God. They speak of a person who discovers something very valuable, for which it is worth selling with joy everything he owns to acquire what he has found. This would be the reaction of one who discovers the kingdom of God.
Shouldn't that enthusiasm and joy be the characteristic of every Christian? Yes. But perhaps we have not yet managed to discover in our journey of faith that treasure, that precious pearl that will make us give everything to acquire it and that is why we are not so enthusiastic. The discovery of the kingdom of God transforms the life of those who discover it. Let us ask God to help us find that treasure in our lives and live with the joy of having found what gives meaning to our existence.