In today’s first reading we learn that discipleship is wrought with hardship and often times persecution, to spread the Good news of the Lord sometimes entails despise from some. Do we throw our hands up in defeat? Do we walk away? Do we wallow and turn to sin instead? Or do we lift it up to the Lord?
God our faithful Father says this to us….thus says the LORD:
“If you return, I will restore you, and you shall stand before me.
If you utter what is precious, and not what is worthless,
you shall be as my mouth. They shall turn to you, but you shall not turn to them. And I will make you to this people a fortified wall of bronze;they will fight against you, but they shall not prevail over you, for I am with you to save you and deliver you, says the LORD. I will deliver you out of the hand of the wicked, and redeem you from the grasp of the ruthless.”
In today’s Gospel we are reminded of some of our personal experiences in which we discovered the treasures of the living Word of God that leads us to His Kingdom. The richness of both the Old and the New Testament which emboldens us to lead our life to the fullest in Christ. The love, peace and joy we receive is so overwhelming that we would do anything to hold to the treasure. We realise that to hold on is also to hide it from the enemy that wants to swoop down and take it from us, or to hide it within our hearts, to be detached from the business of this life. Are we living the life that we are called to live? Are we willing to entrust our lives to the Lord?