Exodus 34:29-35; Ps 99 Holy is the lord our God; Matthew 13:44-46
"Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tablets of the commandments in his hands, he did not know that the skin of his face had become radiant while he conversed with the Lord...On coming out he would tell the children of Israel all that had been commanded. then the children of Israel would see that the skin of Moses' face was radiant..."
Think about the above passage and notice the following.
Moses' face is radiant as he holds the commandments in his hands and as he told the children all that God had commanded.
These two realities are important.
We must hold the commandments in our arms and embrace them in our life and we must give the fullness of God's commands to others only then does the glory of God radiate through us and outward to the world.
How often in our world do people want to cut the commandments of God short? How often do we in our society want to pick and choose what commands we let guide us and what commands we overlook both in living and in giving instruction?
Because of this the radiance of glory is denied to the world.
If only we would trust God's commands and let them bring forth God's radiance to the world and our lives.
In today's gospel we have the saying of Jesus concerning the pearl of great price: "THe kingdom of heaven is like a treasure buried in a field, which a person finds and hides again, and out of joy goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant searching for fine pearls. When he finds a pearl of great price, he goes and sells all that he has and buys it."
We must open our hands if we are to receive the pearl of great price. We must be ready and willing to risk everything for the treasure that looms large, offered to each us.
What have we sold for the kingdom?
What have we let go for the kingdom?
What false pearls and cheap treasure have we clung to in our life rather than the real deal?