Thought of the day
Sunday, July 30, 2017

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

“The reign of God is like a treasure”



It is logical that the aim of all our desires, that is to say, eternal life, should be mentioned at the end of everything that has been given us to believe in the Creed with the words: “Eternal life. Amen.”… In eternal life, there is the union of man with God…, perfect praise…, and the perfect satisfaction of our desires, for there, every blessed person will possess even more than what he desired and hoped for. In this life, no one can fulfill his desire; nothing created can ever satisfy the human being’s desire. God alone satisfies, and that infinitely. That is why we only come to rest in God, as Saint Augustine says: “You have made us for yourself, Lord, and our heart is restless until it rests in you.”

Since in the homeland, the saints will possess God perfectly, it is obvious that not only their desire will be satisfied, but that in addition it will overflow with glory. That is why the Lord said: “Come, share your master’s joy.” (Mt 25:21) And Saint Augustine said about that: “It is not all of joy that will enter into those who rejoice, but those who rejoice will enter entirely into joy.” In a Psalm we say: “I shall be satisfied when your glory is revealed,” (63:3), and in another one: “He will grant you your heart’s requests.” (Ps 37:4) … For if a person desires delights, that is where supreme and perfect delight will be found, for it will consist in the sovereign good, which is God himself: “Delights at your right hand forever.” (Ps 16:11)