Finding the Treasure That Opens Up Horizons

Finding the Treasure That Opens Up Horizons

BY ELLIE HIDALGO | July 31, 2023
Sunday’s Readings

When Pope Francis announced the largest listening consultation process in human history, many of us dared to hope. The global Synod on Communion, Participation, and Mission has been asking the People of God, including those on the margins, what we love about our Catholic faith and what about it breaks our hearts. Permission granted to prioritize encounter, listening, dialoguing, and discerning the will of the Holy Spirit for our future.

Millions of Catholics participated in listening sessions and discovered the pockets of our faith that continue to spark joy—imagining a world that centers love, God’s mercy, and the common good; the Eucharist; caring for our common home; welcoming the stranger; intentionally including all our brothers and sisters on the margins; and enlarging the space of our tent to better recognize women’s gifts for ministry.

Finding the Treasure That Opens Up Horizons

Jesus invites us to notice what sparks our joy. He even encourages us to sell all we have to claim our pearl of great price, the treasure that opens up new horizons. In our times, the late Jesuit Pedro Arrupe, S.J., popularized the prayer about falling in love with what seizes our imagination and letting that impact every other decision.

In search of treasured places where synodal listening is taking root, I recently returned from a journey to the Amazon region of Brazil accompanying prophetic women in ministry. “We can’t renew the church if we don’t also renew our common home,” Sr. Laura Vicuña Pereira Manso told us. “The best contribution we can make from the Amazon is to call the world to care for our common home.”

And with that she told us her community’s pearl of great price.

The Gospel invites all of us to reflect on our hidden treasure and to do what we must to claim it fully.

For Reflection:

  • What is sparking joy in your life and in the life of your community these days? 
  • What gives you clues to your deep purpose? 
  • What do you need to sell or let go of in order to let this joy decide everything else?
4 replies
  1. Dr. Eileen Quinn Knight
    Dr. Eileen Quinn Knight says:

    There are so many things that spark joy in me and my community. I am joyful when people notice the good things others do. I am joyful at the recognization of kindness, goodness, mercy and care. I am joyful when the community responds to the needs of the migrants, reaches out to those incarcerated, recognizes the generosity of our leaders/priests in offering to pray Mass with us. During this WYD time we recognize the desire to bring the faith to younger people and to enjoy the way they celebrate their faith. The community enjoys the beauty of the Church and the care for its members and artifacts. We enjoy praying the Mass together to plead for goodness and peace in the world. We enjoy books, movies, art, dance that bring us closer to the God who created us.

  2. sonja
    sonja says:

    I think the best thing I did was first sell my house and then years later letting go of renting a property. Now I find myself closer to God caring for Mother Nature on other people’s properties. It brings me peace, joy and happiness every day to be in communion with God’s creation on a daily basis.

  3. Dr.Cajetan Coelho
    Dr.Cajetan Coelho says:

    “We can’t renew the church if we don’t also renew our common home” – true. Well said.


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