by Cathy (Notre Dame Associate) & Gary Leak
The first reading from Kings, the responsorial psalm, Alleluia, and Matthew’s Gospel all talk about understanding. Webster defines understanding as comprehension, applying concepts, friendly and harmonious relationships, agreement of opinions or feelings, to achieve or grasp the nature, significance or explanation of something.
We all seek understanding like this. We want to understand what God is asking of us and how we can serve. The Holy Spirit gave us the gift of understanding at Confirmation so that we may experience a living relationship with Christ by living out the meaning of what we hear, contemplate, and do in the celebration of the Mass. In the words of St. Augustine, “I believe, in order to understand; and I understand, the better to believe.” (CCC 158)
The readings remind us that God’s creation, His Word, and the magisterium of the church help us to understand that God’s Word and laws are more important for a full, complete life than any earthy wealth. The parables in Matthew teach us that God and His Kingdom are more valuable than earthly treasure. We must open our hearts like children so that we might understand these truths.