Scripture: 1st Reading: Ex34,29-35; Resp. Psalm: Ps99,5-7,9; Gosp. Accl.: Jn15,15; Gospel: Mt13,44-46
Eternal life must be good. Heaven must be a wonderful place to be. The life of blessedness must be a goal to be sought after and the treasure of priceless value to be acquired. Perfect union with God must be the goal of everyone's existence. To attain a place in the kingdom should be the yearning of every heart.
Moses was with God for only a little period on Mount Sinai. He was there to collect the Law from Yahweh again. Moses was close to the Awesome God. The closer one gets, the more transparent he becomes. The closer one gets to the Light, the more luminous one transforms into. Moses did not know this. He was just experiencing this Awesome God first hand.
On return from Mount Sinai and his encounter with Yahweh, the God of Israel, the skin of Moses' face shone. The glory of God, the holiness of the mighty God, had rubbed off on Moses. This was a sight that the sons of Israel had never seen and they were justifiably afraid. The glory that radiated on his face was such that from that day onward, Moses had to put a veil on his face. He would only remove this veil whenever he went in to speak with Yahweh.
The Lord our God is holy. As believers, we have a blessed and sure hope. We are privileged people. If the skin of Moses' face could so shine because of a momentary encounter with God, we can now imagine what we shall be if we get to heaven and we are with Him in eternity! What a blessed life that will be!
This is why the parables of our Lord in today's gospel are meant to encourage us. Our Lord let it be known that the kingdom is the priceless pearl of inestimable value. Our Lord told us that once we find that treasure, we must hasten to possess it; we must use all within our power to acquire the treasure we had been searching for. When we realize that God is in heaven, and we know that with Him a thousand years is like a watch in the night, and we realize that what happened to Moses on Mount Sinai is just a child's place compared to the transformation we shall have when we get to heaven, then we shall see heaven as the prize.
Let us begin today if we have not, to seek God and His face. Let us draw closer to Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith.
Let us pray: O Lord our God, you are mighty in your deeds. You revealed your glory to Moses and the transformation in Moses' life became a source of fear to the people of Israel. Teach us to understand that to be with you forever is the goal of our existence. Give us your grace to use everyday as an opportunity to draw closer to you and inch closer to eternity. Amen.
May the Living Word of God find a true dwelling place within our hearts and souls today and always.