A Reflection on the Daily Gospel by Deacon Joe Coan
Wednesday, July 29, 2020
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.
On a street corner
in New York City a young man carrying a violin asked an older man for directions, “Can you tell me how to get to Carnegie Hall?” The older man looked at him and replied “Practice, Practice, Practice.”
Paderewski, the great pianist, was asked, “Why do you continue to practice every day?” He answered, “If I skip practice for one day, I notice it. If I skip two days, my colleagues notice it. If I skip three days, everybody notices it.”
The above gospel reading makes the same point about following Jesus. We have found the great pearl, who is Jesus. Following him demands total, daily effort. If we hold back one day, we notice it. If we hold back two days, friends notice it. If we hold back three days, all notice it.
Where do we tend to hold back in our following of Jesus?
To paraphrase from St. Paul's letter to the Philippians: “I forget what is behind me and do my best to reach what is ahead. So I run straight toward the goal” Philippians 3:13