In the Gospel for today Jesus speaks about the Kingdom of Heaven, and that we should desire it more than anything (or anyone) on earth. It is the 'pearl of great price', the 'treasure buried in the field', in the words of Jesus. What is the Kingdom of Heaven and how can we obtain it? It is the realm of Jesus Christ, and we obtain it by accepting God's invitation to be faithful members of that realm. It is the Lord Jesus who calls us: "Come. Follow me."
Today's Gospel gives us the parable of the Sower and the Seed. Clearly, Jesus intends to teach us that we must be like the rich soil that welcomes and receives the seeds of God's Word, so that it may grow in us and produce an abundant harvest. Jesus also has a few other 'hidden seeds' in this parable, teaching us about how successful God's harvest will be, as well as how we can imitate God who loves and forgives without measure.
Today in the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus gives us a beautiful invitation: "Come to me, all who labor and are weary, and I will give you rest." God constantly invites us to rest in the Sacred Heart of His Son. It is there that we find peace, compassion, mercy, and love.
En el evangelio, Jesús nos enseña la importancia de poner en el primer lugar nuestra relación con Dios. ¿Cómo pasamos las horas del día? Muy probablemente, pasamos más tiempo mirando a nuestro teléfono o televisión que en oración con Dios. Todos de nosotros, no impora nuestra vocación o estado de vida, podemos pasar más tiempo cada día en oración con Dios, y en prestar atención a nuestros familiares y nuestro próximo.
In the Gospel today Jesus challenges us to make sure that we are not putting anyone or anything before our relationship with God. We are to love God with our whole mind, our whole heart, and our whole being. A good exercise for us would be to look at where we spend our time, our money, our thoughts and our energy every day. Do we focus on the things of this world more than those of God and our neighbor? No matter what we do, all of us can safely say that we could be spending more time every day in prayer and attending to the needs of our brothers and sisters.