Scripture: 1st Reading: Phil2,1-11; Resp. Psalm: Is12,2-6; Gosp. Accl.: 2Cor5,19; Gospel: Mt13,44-46
To be a Christian is to be a follower of Christ. To be the Lord's follower is to commit our lives unto Him, to give ourselves for His kingdom. To be His follower is to be with Him, learn from Him, live the kind of life that He lived.
To follow Christ is to have the same mind with Him, to know His ways and act in accord with His will. It is to live His life, that is, to so emulate Him that according to the word, we no longer live but Christ Jesus lives in us.
To be a disciple, we must have the mind of Christ. We must model our lives after the example of His own life. A true disciple would strive to put on the humility of Christ the Lord. That true disciple would empty himself/herself of all pretensions, and be a true servant of others.
The word today teaches us that it is on the basis of His humility and obedience as Son to the point of surrendering His life and dying on the cross, that the Father highly exalted Him and gave Him a name which is above every other name. His exaltation is the consequence of His total gift of Himself for our salvation.
This example is the model given to us by Christ the Lord to guide our paths through life. As disciples, we cannot have anyone other treasure. As disciples, we cannot have any greater preference. He is our treasure, the pearl of inestimable value. He shows us the way to heaven, that treasure of inestimable value. He asks us to put aside everything in order to possess that treasure.
We have in Blessed Cyprian Michael Tansi, a wonderful example of humility, self emptying love, total commitment to the Master. Like the merchant, Blessed Cyprian found the treasure hidden in the field, that is, the riches of the kingdom. He left everything to possess this treasure. He left the life of a Parish Priest in order to become a Cistercian monk. He was a man of great faith. He was a man of deep prayer, patience and charity. May he intercede for us.
Let us pray: "O God, who joined the apostolic zeal of a pastor to the way of life of a monk in Blessed Cyprian Michael; grant us, by his intercession, that persevering in prayer, we may seek untiringly the coming of your kingdom." Amen.
May the Living Word of God find a true dwelling place within our hearts and souls today and always.