Grace to you!
I reflect on the highest good of human aspiration.
An anxious and successful young man approached a sage, seeking advice on what he needed to have to be completely satisfied. The sage asked him to go and make the best of wealth, have the best of cars, homes and enjoy the best of his emotional drives. After all, he has been endowed with the means to do so.
The troubled young man comes back to the sage with expressions of disappointment. "Why do you look depressed," the sage asked?
"Because the more I achieved my dreams, and met my goals in the things you recommended, the more I realized how little value they are to me and my happiness." Continuing, he said: "It keeps me restless, wanting to try something new, something different."
The sage paused as if he lost touch of his thoughts. "Life is like that," he quipped with a slow, but piercing voice. "The more you find what material things you desire, the more the excitement fades as if they never were.”
I have to say that this frustration about our insatiability shouldn't stop us from exploring or solving our material needs. It is the thrill of life to realize that no state is quite good enough, and no possession is quite sufficient. This thrill helps us to keep searching. We are like that child whose dream is to have a LEGO car for Christmas. Then he receives the car, and the next week forgets about it, searching for a newer toy. Such is human life. It’s the nature of our thrills.
Nevertheless, this should make us ask the crucial question. What is the most important thing in life? What value is such that we feel eternally at peace? What is it that endures?
The Lord provides us the answer. The greatest treasure worth sacrificing everything for is God's kingdom (Mt 13:14-46). To live in God and be enveloped within the wings of divine reign is to reach the purest and highest human aspirations. In such, there is no more to ask, no more to seek because the soul has found what it is looking.
I pray that God would give us the grace to live under the wings of divine reign. Amen.
God love you. God bless you.
Fr. Maurice Emelu
[Wednesday Week 17: Ex 34:29-35; Mt 13:44-46]
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Father Maurice Emelu PhD., provides a daily blog of reflections based on the Scriptural readings of the day from the Catholic liturgical calendar. The goal is to teach, inspire, encourage, and foster healing through the grace of God's word. They are written in a language that is appropriate for a general audience. You will find these reflections helpful for your spiritual growth, inspiration, and developing your thoughts. They may also be useful for ministers in preparing their sermons for liturgical celebrations.