The Parables of the Hidden Treasure and the Pearl
44 “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.
45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. 46 When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.
In today’s gospel, I am struck by the question, what is your treasure? What is your pearl? What is that something that you are willing to give up all that you have because you find the best in life.
I remember the time when I stayed in a retreat house for a few days because of the injustice I felt I experienced at work. I had a hard time accepting the fact that those kind of things really happen in life. People who will accuse and attack you personally discarding all the effort you’ve done in the past. In the first two days, I found myself complaining to God. I would sit in the chapel looking at God with those angry eyes, shouting from the top of my lungs inside of me (I cannot really shout in the retreat house, they might think something is wrong with me). But no matter how I prove myself right and them wrong, God remain quiet. As if He is just there in front of me, patiently looking at me. Nodding His head from time to time but saying nothing. Until, I am exhausted. I am tired of everything. And then, I felt His embrace.
Then, I realized, I forgot what is the most important to me. Is it my job? Is it the opinion of others towards me? Is it to prove that I am right? God reminded me to look inside and see what is important to me. Then, for the next few days, I searched and searched. I looked deep inside of me. I am searching for a treasure, a precious pearl.
Before I left the retreat house, my heart is light, my eyes are bright because I finally found that treasure. And since that day, no matter others do, no matter what others think, no matter what others say, I will just look at them and smile because I found my treasure inside.