17th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Glenna Smith, OSB, Benedictine Sisters of Virgina, Bristow, VA
Matthew 13:44-52 OR 13:44-46
The first thing that comes to my mind after reading the readings for July 26 are the lyrics of Seek Ye First:
Seek ye first the Kingdom of God
And [this] righteousness
And all these things shall be added unto you
Ask and it shall be given unto you
Seek and ye shall find
Knock and it shall be opened unto you
My continuing reflection comes in the form of a few questions:
- Do we know what our treasure really is? Is it the Kingdom of God? How do we recognize it?
- Are we really willing to give up all else to purchase the land or the pearl of great price?
- As God separates the good fish from the bad, in what pile will we find ourselves?
We will, indeed, find what we seek, and we will be given that for which we ask. May we, therefore, ask and seek with discernment, wisdom, and great love.
Sister Glenna Smith entered the Benedictine Sisters of Virginia in 1977 and has served her community and their ministries for 40+ years as teacher, prefect, camp director, counselor, principal and administrator, school psychologist, member of various boards, formation director, monastery coordinator, and subprioress. She was privileged to serve the Federation of Saint Scholastica as president from 2010-2014.