“The kingdom of heaven is like a merchant’s search for fine pearls. When he found one really valuable pearl, he went back and put up for sale all that he had and bought it” (Mt 13). At least at heart every disciple is asked to “put up for sale” all that he or she has.
The deepest desire of the human heart is a longing for fulfillment and peace. Both of them depend upon our seeing God. St. Augustine said: “Our hearts are restless till they rest in thee.” When he looked back on his early life he wrote: “Late have I loved you, O Beauty ever ancient, ever new, late have I loved you! You were within me, but I was outside, and it was there that I searched for you…you were with me, but I was not with you…you called, you shouted, you broke through my deafness…you flashed, you shone, and you dispelled my blindness…I have tasted you, now I hunger and thirst for more. You touched me, and I burned for your peace” (Confessions, Bk. 10).
My one desire, Lord, is to see you, for you have dispelled my blindness. I want to put up for sale all that I have. You are the fulfillment of all my desires.