Little Whispers, Mary Jalandoni

Treasure Hunt

First Reading
Ex 34:29-35

As Moses came down from Mount Sinai
with the two tablets of the commandments in his hands,
he did not know that the skin of his face had become radiant
while he conversed with the LORD.
When Aaron, then, and the other children of Israel saw Moses
and noticed how radiant the skin of his face had become,
they were afraid to come near him.
Only after Moses called to them did Aaron
and all the rulers of the community come back to him.
Moses then spoke to them.
Later on, all the children of Israel came up to him,
and he enjoined on them all that the LORD
had told him on Mount Sinai.
When he finished speaking with them,
he put a veil over his face.
Whenever Moses entered the presence of the LORD to converse with him,
he removed the veil until he came out again.
On coming out, he would tell the children of Israel
all that had been commanded.
Then the children of Israel would see
that the skin of Moses’ face was radiant;
so he would again put the veil over his face
until he went in to converse with the LORD.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 99:5, 6, 7, 9
R. (see 9c) Holy is the Lord our God.

Extol the LORD, our God,
and worship at his footstool;
holy is he!
R. Holy is the Lord our God.
Moses and Aaron were among his priests,
and Samuel, among those who called upon his name;
they called upon the LORD, and he answered them.
R. Holy is the Lord our God.
From the pillar of cloud he spoke to them;
they heard his decrees and the law he gave them.
R. Holy is the Lord our God.
Extol the LORD, our God,
and worship at his holy mountain;
for holy is the LORD, our God.
R. Holy is the Lord our God.

Gospel
Mt 13:44-46

Jesus said to his disciples:
“The Kingdom of heaven is like a treasure buried in a field,
which a person finds and hides again,
and out of joy goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.
Again, the Kingdom of heaven is like a merchant
searching for fine pearls.
When he finds a pearl of great price,
he goes and sells all that he has and buys it.”
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July 31

REFLECTION

The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure buried in a field which a person finds and hides again, and out of joy goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.” Mt 13:44

For the past two years up to a few months ago, I have been spiritually dry. I was struggling with a personal issue that I have been setting aside for a very long time. I was convinced that I’m a strong person – I can handle things on my own; I don’t need God’s help. Yet, I was wrong. I wasn’t being strong, I was being stubborn. I continued to be miserable and depressed that affected my treatment of other people. I felt like I was carrying the world on my shoulders. It got too heavy, so one day I finally decided to give up. I burst out and finally let go. I desperately cried out to God and asked him to take over. Since then, I have been showing people more love, and being cautious of my actions. It was God’s message to me, to show love and be loved, and to trust Him, that I may fully be free of my burdens.

Friends, this is our mission, to let go of the things that hinder us from receiving God. Let go of your anxieties, do not dwell on your burdens, let go of everything! Trust in the Lord and know that He has the perfect plan for you. As we let go, He works in us; He helps us dig deeper until we find and finally claim that treasure – the kingdom of heaven. – Mary Elizabeth Jalandoni (mar_liz12@yahoo.com)

PRAYER

Lord, help me to let go so that I may be drawn closer to You. Help me to be still and know that You are God. Amen.

REFLECTION QUESTION 

What are the things you need to let go of to be able to claim the treasure?