July 27

Reflection

The kingdom of heaven is like a merchant searching for fine pearls.
When he finds a pearl of great price, he goes and sells all that he has and buys it.
Matthew 13:44-46

Some once believed pearls to be the tears of the gods. Others thought them dewdrops filled with moonlight that fell into the ocean and were swallowed by oysters. We know that a pearl is a natural gem created by a living organism. When a foreign object is introduced into an oyster, in order to protect itself from irritation, the animal coats the irritant with a substance called nacre, the same material with which it builds it’s shell. Only when something disturbs its normal existence is an incandescent gem formed.

This parable tells us that there is a cost involved in obtaining the pearl. We can’t have it  for nothing; it will cost us everything.  Recognizing his find to be of inestimable worth, the  merchant sacrificed whatever was necessary to make it his own.

There are two ideas in this story on which we can reflect. The first is all the times in our lives when something that seemed so painful brought us to another depth of insight, another level of spiritual maturity, revealing something within us that we never knew before. The other is whether we recognized its value and were willing to make the change no matter how much it would cost us.

Prayer

May I recognize the richness of being to which I am called.

Action

Read and reflect on this parable. Where do you see similarities in your life?  What is Jesus trying to teach his disciples?

Suggested Reading

The kingdom of heaven is like a merchant
searching for fine pearls.
When he finds a pearl of great price,
he goes and sells all that he has and buys it.
Matthew 13:44-45

What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us.
Henry David Thoreau

In the end that was the choice you made, and it doesn’t matter how hard it was to make it. It matters that you did.
Cassandra Clare

We are our choices.
Jean-Paul Sartre

Destiny is no matter of chance. It is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.
William Jennings Bryan

As long as we are persistence in our pursuit of our deepest destiny, we will continue to grow. We cannot choose the day or time when we will fully bloom. It happens in its own time.
Denis Waitley

I am thankful for all of those who said NO to me. Its because of them I’m doing it myself.
Albert Einstein

The pain you feel today is the strength you feel tomorrow. For every challenge encountered there is opportunity for growth.
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