17th Sunday in Ordinary Time – July 30, 2023
Theme: “Go and Proclaim: Kingdom In Us – Our Treasure and Joy”

First Reading: 1 Kings 3:5-12
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 119:123-125,126-128,129-131,133-135
Second Reading: Romans 8:26-30
Gospel Reading: Matthew 13:44-52

Our Gospel today talks about three parables.

The first parable is about a farmer who accidentally found treasure and the second is about a merchant who is seeking for a beautiful pearl. These are two different circumstances but both received the same outcome. They both gave up everything in exchange for the treasure. The Bible says that where our treasure is, is where our heart is. The scripture pushes us to ask ourselves if God is our treasure or if we value other things more than Him.

If God is our treasure, we must put God first.

The third parable speaks about the fishes. It tells us that good and evil will be separated during the end of times. God is giving us the time to change, He’s giving us time today. We have no choice if we do not know the Word of God. But now that we have the word of God in our lives, we have a choice. It is up to us to choose between good and bad things, it’s our own decision if we become a good fish or a bad fish.

God’s word is like a precious pearl, it is so hard that it can never be molded or broken.
Don’t Make the Blessing your treasure but make the Blessor your treasure.

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