Reading 1: 1 Kgs 3:5, 7-12, Responsorial Psalm: Ps 119:57, 72, 76-77, 127-128, 129-130, Reading 2: Rom 8:28-30, Gospel: Mt 13:44-52 or 13:44-46

Today the Lord is calling us to eternal happiness. By finding the kingdom of God, we get this eternal happiness since the Lord created us for happiness. Unfortunately, there are several people who have material possessions and power but who are not happy at all. This shows that our life is fulfilled only when we have happiness.

“The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure buried in a field, which a person finds and hides again”. In this passage Jesus is emphasizing the importance of finding this kingdom. Whoever finds it leaves everything and does all the necessary to keep it. An example to illustrate that is when Zacchaeus encountered Jesus; he sold all his possessions to follow Him. Another example is that of a man who finds a woman with many good qualities; he cannot rest until he marries her.

In the first reading, King Solomon was afraid of his new responsibility for he was young and knew nothing about governing his people. He therefore asked God to give him an understanding heart to distinguish right from wrong. This scripture shows us the kind of prayer we should do; to ask God for wisdom. This wisdom is the communion with God and that corresponds to the kingdom of heaven that Jesus has promised us. Without God in our life, we cannot go far.

Though we cannot see it with our own eyes, the kingdom of God is in our hearts when we are in communion with God and take care of our relationship with Him. That’s the only way to live a happy life here on earth. For example, in a family where God is given the first priority, there will be the kingdom of heaven in that family.

May the Blessed Virgin Mary intercede for us, in order to have the wisdom we need to find and keep the kingdom of God in our life.

In those few lines, I hope to have shared with you what I heard from the homily from the 6:30 AM Mass of July 26, 2020. It was celebrated by Fr. Jean Marie Bisimwa, Isch.

Jodel NSHIMIRIMANA