Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

August 1, 2012

Laura Kent

Sophomore, Nursing Major

Jer 15:10, 16-21
Ps 59:2-3, 4, 10-11, 17, 18
Matt 13:44-46

"The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he  has and buys that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls, who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it.”-Matthew 13:44-46

In this passage by Matthew about the Kingdom of Heaven, I think Jesus is trying to explain to us that the Kingdom of Heaven is one the greatest treasures that we can find on earth because it is Jesus himself. We can experience the Kingdom of Heaven in many different ways, such as finding time alone to spend with God, or helping others in need or doing whatever else brings both God and ourselves joy. When we do come in contact with the Kingdom of Heaven, we should do all that we can to keep that presence in our lives. There are so many temptations that are trying to bring us away from this state of grace with God, but we can pray that we will know how to keep this presence alive and not let it be buried by these other temptations.

The treasure of the Kingdom of Heaven that we find is so special and rare that we should do whatever we can to keep it in our lives. This can be the difficult part for many of us. There are so many things that are trying to bring us away from the Kingdom of Heaven such as the stress of everyday life. We should be like the merchant who finds one pearl of great value and sells all he has to buy it himself. The Kingdom of Heaven is that pearl and we should be willing to get rid of things that hold us back from better obtaining this gift. I think one of the best ways to make sure that we are not brought away from this presence is to reflect everyday about where will feel this presence of God and where we see the Kingdom of Heaven on earth. If we know where we find this treasure and are able to acknowledge what things bring us away from it, then we can have a better plan for how to deal with the situation and to ask for God’s help. 

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