Theme: Nothing is worth more than Christ
By: Fr. Benny Tuazon
Homily for Wednesday July 31 2019
(Mt. 13:44-46) Wednesday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time, Feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola
In today’s Gospel we have the parables of the discovered buried treasure and the pearl of great price. Jesus stressed that once we come to now of a buried treasure, we do everything in order to acquire the land where the treasure is buried. In the same way, the pearl of great price is worth everything we have to buy it. Such should be our attitude towards the Kingdom of Heaven. Our greatest possession is salvation. Our greatest relation is with God. Our greatest desire is to be with God in the Kingdom.
St. Ignatius of Loyola realized this one day. After being wounded by a cannon ball in a battle, he was rendered incapacitated. While recuperating, two books were available to him. One book was about Christ and the other was about the lives of saints. After reading them so many times, he came to know his calling. He left the Spanish courtier and the comfort of his home. He gave up everything to follow Christ. He then founded a congregation, The Society of Jesus, better known now as the Jesuits. For St. Ignatius, nothing is worth more than Christ. He was willing to give up everything to follow Christ.
I believe that the key here is our appreciation of the value of Kingdom of Heaven to us. When we do, giving up everything will follow. The saints can teach us so many lessons on this. Many of them, like St. Ignatius, regarded JESUS as their enough. Martyrs like St. Lorenzo Ruiz were even willing to give their lives for the Lord.
We can realize this when we are confronted with choices. What are the bases of our choices? Why and how do we choose our decisions. Do they include our relationship with the Lord? Or is it always about gaining riches, power, or fame? Or is it gaining and advancing our relationship with the Lord?
Going back to St. Ignatius, his Prayer for Generosity says it all.
“Lord, teach me to be generous.
Teach me to serve you as you deserve;
to give and not to count the cost,
to fight and not to heed the wounds,
to toil and not to seek for rest,
to labor and not to ask for reward,
save that of knowing that I do your will.”