Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Bulletin Date: 
Sunday, July 30, 2017

What is your heart’s desire?

If God were to offer you your heart’s desire, what would you ask for? Solomon did not request health or wealth. Nor did he ask God to remove his enemies – either those inherited from his father or those acquired when he was given the crown at a very
young age. Solomon asked for wisdom, for a heart that understands or listens. Such wisdom included the ability to judge justly and to distinguish right from wrong. God was pleased.

The gift of wisdom allows the heart to see; the letter to the Ephesians refers to “seeing with eyes of the heart.” And wisdom brings the ability to hear the word of the Lord even when spoken in the sound of silence, as Elijah did. Such seeing and hearing lie at the heart of the first two parables. Seeing God’s reign is likened to finding a treasure in a field or seeking a most valuable pearl – when one sees where it is hidden or hears where it can be found, one gives all one has to make it one’s own.

The heart can spend many years and look in many places for happiness. We can bypass the kingdom again and again, going off into various dead ends, cul de sacs, and blind alleys. Paul reminds the Romans that all things work for good for those who look to God. God, who has predestined us to share the image of the Son, wishes to give us the wisdom needed to discover where the kingdom is hidden.

God Bless! Fr. Elmer