SEARCHING FOR A TREASURE

(Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time)
Sunday, July 30, 2017.

– Are you looking for something?
– Yes, I am looking for the greatest treasure.
This is the treasure: The “understanding heart to judge [and to relate to] people and to distinguish right from wrong” (1 Kings 3:9). The treasure consists in the peaceful and harmonious coexistence among all of us.
This treasure “sheds light, gives understanding to the simple” (Psalm 119:130), to those whom the world considers undeserving of possessing fullness of life.
This treasure is worth more than long life and riches (1 Kings 3:11), and is worth more than any kind of worldly power.
However, you need to know that this treasure is hidden under:
– Half-truths the world promotes as being true. In our world  the truth is manipulated by the powerful in order to achieve their selfish interests, and fool the vast majorities.
– False sense of happiness. Our world teaches that the only source of happiness comes from the possession of material wealth.
– Deceptive promises. The powerful of the world make promises they cannot deliver.
You must do following in order to find the treasure:
– You must accept that every person deserves fullness of life. “I serve you [God] in the midst of the people whom you have chosen” (1 Kings 3:8), that is, in the midst of humanity.
– You must assume a role as servants to your fellowmen. In order to possess the treasure, you must be a servant to all (1 Kings 3:6).
Once you find the treasure, you must be willing to give up everything else in order to keep it. When a person finds a treasure buried in a field, he “goes and sells all that he has and buys that field” (Matthew 13:44). That is, the finder must give up anything that is a negation of that treasure. The finder must give up worldly riches and power.

(By Jesús A. Diez Canseco).