Better your faithful love than life itself
I never found treasures
or precious jewels in my life.
But you do not need to be a rocket
to understand that if anyone finds
he would not hesitate to put up for
all his goods
to acquire what he has just discovered.
Everyone is canny enough to make a
when he sees one.
Jesus Christ thinks the same.
He compares His Kingdom to jewels and
A beautiful and precious endowment.
So valuable indeed that it is worth
everything to acquire it.
A commodity that you better grasp when
The point is where is this treasure
in a field?
Where is this jewel so precious that
willingly sells all to acquire it?
It must be out there… somewhere;
otherwise Jesus Christ would not have
However the truth is that thoughts
do not enkindle our hearts any more..
Church does not flare up inside us
feelings of joy
but rather sentiments of burdens and
that we have to carry.
When we think of Church we think of
do this, do not do that,
use caution here,
be careful where to look,
say your prayers,
do not use contraceptives…
Religion becomes a bloodsucker that
down all pleasure in life.
Far from being a treasure,
it is a barrier to happiness!
What has happened?
Why has everything been turned upside
A treasure has become a lacklustre
Is it that we failed to understand
Or is the problem deeper?
The whole issue rotates around asking
these candid questions:
where do we place Jesus Christ in our
On the outside or inside?
Do we let him in or do we leave him
at the door?
Is he a ghost or is he real?
Is he someone great whom we refer to
we need a helping hand
or is he our bosom friend?
Let us be frank - do we have a true
experience of Jesus Christ? Did we
For many Christians of today,
Jesus Christ is just a historical person
who lived two thousand years ago,
who yes, did a great deal of good
but who now has no practical impact
For the early Christians, it was a
Jesus Christ was someone very alive,
so much so that they built their lives
If he failed, they would fail,
if he succeeded, they would succeed.
Without him they did not even have
They were called 'Christ-ians', people
The martyrdom of the early Christians
a heroic act of super big-hearted people
but the most obvious thing of level-headed
Those who find a treasure will never
anyone to take it away from them.
We have insured ourselves so well,
that if by chance He fails,
we still have other options.
"I myself taught Ephraim to walk,
I myself took them by the arm,
but they did not know that I was the
caring for them,
that I was leading them with human
with leading strings of love;
that, with them, I was like someone
an infant to his cheek,
and that I bent down to feed him.
My heart within me is overwhelmed,
grips my inmost being.”
(Hosea 11.3-4, 8b)
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