Exodus 34:29-35; Matthew 13: 44-46
What if? What if you found the “pearl of great price?” What would you do? What if God spoke to you directly, gave you instructions for your family or community or church? What if you found a treasure hidden in a field or in an attic or under a mattress? This is the stuff of today’s scripture. And, oh, what possibilities they hold for us! Provided, of course, the pearl is authentic and the treasure real.
Exodus 32:15-24, 30-34; Matthew 13:31-35
Moses is so frustrated with the people that he throws down the stone tablets of the Law which God had just given him and shatters them. Moses has been away for a while and the people got restless, impatient, selfish. They wanted a god NOW. So they built one out of all their gold pieces. Of course, Moses was furious, being impatient with their impatience, destroying the Law God had given him for the people.
Readings: 1 Kg 3:5. 7-12 Rom 8:28-30 Matt 13:44-52
Called to Richness
God marvels that Solomon, although he was "but a little child" (1 Kgs 3:7), did not ask for riches, or the other kinds of things that young men are wont to ask for. But I was a rather typical youth! For when I was a child my annual birthday wish until I stopped believing in birthday wishes was that I would become the richest man in the history of the world. It was a childish wish, but perhaps the kind that is still common today, and not just among the young.