There is only one treasure that brings lasting happiness and that treasure is Jesus. The man in today’s Gospel Parable found the treasure (kingdom of heaven) and went off happy (Matt 13:44). If we’re not happy we still haven’t found Jesus or the kingdom of heaven, and we need to turn to Jesus and then we will find the true happiness we seek. Do we have to set out on a journey to find this treasure and do we need a map? Yes, we do! The journey is the journey into our own hearts, and the map has been given us by Jesus himself.

Searching for Jesus and the kingdom of heaven means we face choices and have to make decisions, sometimes hard decisions that we would prefer not to have to make. There will be passing treasures that in the short-term are tempting but don’t offer us the happiness we really want. In the first reading Solomon passed up on fleeting treasures in order to have God’s wisdom to discern between good and evil (1 Kings 3:5,7-12).

It takes wisdom to realize that all our earthly treasures are not ours but gifts from God. As faithful stewards, we are called to take care of them and share them with others. 

Where do we get this Wisdom? The same place where Solomon got his!

Fr. Sunny Punnakuziyil, MSFS

Pastor, SJN