We learn from the sayings of Jesus in the Gospel that the gifts of the kingdom are greater than anything we know. In the Gospel this weekend, Jesus compares the kingdom to the finest jewels. If we found one such jewel in a field, we would sell all that we own in order to buy the land.
We are told to renounce all that we have in order to acquire the kingdom of heaven. The kingdom is more precious than anything we know. It's easy to understand something more precious than jewels and other worldly possessions. The problem often is we actually think some other thing in our lives is more precious. But, in fact, heaven is even more precious than our loved ones. It is more precious than wisdom, peace, and justice, though these are far more precious than all the stuff we accumulate.
We know deep in our hearts that all things work for good for those who love God. The greatest treasure is one we do not yet know, but what of all the treasures working toward that ultimate treasure? Perhaps we haven't been given the exact gifts we've asked for, but we have received the gifts we need. So, we need to ask "What treasures lie in our fields today?" Is there a gift we've overlooked until now that has not been fully realized? Maybe today is the day to unearth the treasure and put it to work for a greater good.
Our Parish's Legion of Mary just gave me a copy of their report to the Central Administration (Norwood Curia) of their activities of the last six months. Their work is very quiet and not easily seen, but it is great in its effect. Did you know that in the last six months the members made 243 home visits to homebound people. They faithfully conduct Rosary Prayer Services at Forge Hill Complex, the Estate and Franklin Health Care Center? They help with the monthly transition of the Parish's Vocation Cross. They also provide the Rosaries that are available at the door of the Church for one and all. They also assist at the special Mass each month at the Franklin Health Care Center. There are many other moments and hours given in faithful service and prayer to the vulnerable and needy in our Parish. They, in addition, provided a beautiful luncheon and Healing Mass of Anointing at Central Park Terrace last April. We thank God for the blessings of these faithful people. They meet in each Monday in the Olive Branch Room on the Church's lower level to pray and get organized. If you are interested in joining them, please call the Rectory 508-528-0020 and we will give them a message to call and connect with you. Or come on by at mid-day.BACK TO LIST