29 When Moses came down from Mount Sinai, with the two tables of the testimony in his hand as he came down from the mountain, Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone because he had been talking with God. 30 And when Aaron and all the people of Israel saw Moses, behold, the skin of his face shone, and they were afraid to come near him. 31 But Moses called to them; and Aaron and all the leaders of the congregation returned to him, and Moses talked with them. 32 And afterward all the people of Israel came near, and he gave them in commandment all that the LORD had spoken with him in Mount Sinai.
33 And when Moses had finished speaking with them, he put a veil on his face; 34 but whenever Moses went in before the LORD to speak with him, he took the veil off, until he came out; and when he came out, and told the people of Israel what he was commanded,
35 the people of Israel saw the face of Moses, that the skin of Moses’ face shone; and Moses would put the veil upon his face again, until he went in to speak with him.
44 “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.
45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls,
46 who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it.
THE BOOK OF EXODUS recount Moses’ descent from the Mount of Sinai with two stone tablets that contained the word of God refered to as the Torah. Moses’ face was illuminated during his walk with God and was obligated to wear a veil after his return from God. This episodic account of Moses with God gave rise to the understanding that the Torah is a light that guide and illuminate the path of all those who heed and indulge it’s content.
THE GOSPEL READING challenge us to keep on searching for the answers to the many questions we have about our purpose and meaning. Todays parable intends to illuminate the “mysteries of the Kingdom” which is Christ Jesus’ presence in His Church and the treasures of the ‘word’ of God that is transmitted to us.To be sure, we need to be open to discover the treasures of the field which is a similitude of a parable that refers to sacred scripture wherein we encounter Christ Jesus Himself!
During our lives we go through stages of perfection that is ever growing from the moment of our consummation in the womb to the day we depart from this earth. Our quest to discover the meaning of our lives must begin in the word of God as handed on to us in and through His Church who have been endowed with the treasures of the mysteries of God’s kingdom. We are invited to follow our conscience and not be afraid to surrender to Christ and His Church wherein we shall find pearls of wisdom, joy and peace that will dispel the prevailing darkness and uncertainty of our calling and fill us with the light of Christ Jesus in and through the Holy Sacraments.
LET US PRAY: Psalms 99:5-7,9
5 Extol the LORD our God; worship at his footstool! Holy is he! 6 Moses and Aaron were among his priests, Samuel also was among those who called on his name. They cried to the LORD, and he answered them. 7 He spoke to them in the pillar of cloud; they kept his testimonies, and the statutes that he gave them. 9 Extol the LORD our God, and worship at his holy mountain; for the LORD our God is holy!
Author. Henry R SYLVESTER Note: The daily scripture readings are taken from the Roman Missal which the Catholic Church use in the daily Celebration of the Holy Eucharist throughout the world.Some weekly readings may differ because of the celebration of local feast days.
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