The Pearl of Great Price: Our Gift of Faith | One-Minute Homily

If you could have one wish, what would it be? Ian Peoples, SJ, reflects on the gift of faith and the pearl of great price mentioned in today’s Gospel. Based on the readings for Sunday, July 26.

If you were granted one wish, what would you ask for?

Hi, I’m Ian Peoples and this is my One-Minute Reflection.

We’ve all seen the movies where someone is granted three wishes by some magical genie: the Disney classic Aladdin, or the more devilish “Bedazzled.” These movies have made me think about what I would ask for.

My answers have changed somewhat over the years. When I was a kid, I probably would have wished to become a pro soccer player. As I got older, that wished changed to having unlimited knowledge (the desire behind original sin). But on a retreat a few years ago, I realized that I wanted the pearl of great price.

And that pearl is Jesus.

As Christians, we are taught that faith is not merely a choice. It is first and foremost a gift. We who strive to know, love and serve Christ do so because God has invited us into a relationship. Just God grants Solomon’s request for wisdom and understanding in order to serve his people, we have been granted faith in Jesus Christ, who is wisdom Incarnate, so that we can faithfully serve others.

What gift do you want to ask God for today?

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