“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking fine pearls, and upon finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it.” Matthew 13:45-46
Today is the Feast of Christ the King. It’s where we contemplate the paradox of a King who humbled Himself more than any other King, even offering His life for us. We say, as St. Dismas did,
“Jesus remember me when you come into your kingdom.” Luke 23:42
As I received communion today I came back to the pew and knelt down and closed my eyes. I prayed, “ Lord, make my will one with yours,” and I contemplated Christ the King on the cross.
Suddenly, an image appeared in my head. It was of a large cross up on a mountain high. But instead of seeing Christ on the Cross, I saw a pearl in the middle of it. A large shiny beautiful pearl. The pearl and the cross had a light emanating so brightly from them. It was beautiful.
I continued to contemplate this when I came home. Why had this image popped in my head? What about a pearl? Then I remembered the verse from Matthew about the merchant and the pearl. The pearl represented salvation, the kingdom of heaven. And it was married to the cross, which reached the highest of mountains.
Christ truly is King. When we pick up our cross and follow Him, when we unite our suffering with Him, we are rewarded with more than the greatest pearls or riches in the world. We are rewarded with heavenly salvation. We will come face to face with the love of God, where every tear will be wiped away and joy reigns.