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.
Amma Syncletica was known by this parable. All wisdom for her was located in the Gospel which she pursued relentlessly at the expense of everything else. For her, divine union with God was the pearl of great price.
And the question is posed to me on this vision quest: What pearl of great price am I searching for? What would I do to get it?
I have to laugh when I listen to some American Idol contestants… I want it so bad! I’m willing to do whatever it takes… just give me a chance. But I sit there and wonder if they really mean it/if they really know what it will take to be a superstar. What are they willing to give to get the pearl of great price?
I think of all I have given to get to this point in my life… I think of all that I will be asked to give to arrive in the future. It might be a little/it might be a lot. I feel like I have already given as much as I can but God might ask more of me. Probably will. I can only wait and see… and try to be faithful.
In any case, I am wrestling today.
Question of the day: What are you willing to give?