When we look back on our lives we can recall moments of joy which had little to do with our ambitions and expectations. The parts of our lives that have turned out to be more meaningful were not glorious at the time but they were loving. They were the moments when we became concerned about another's need, when we listened to another's pain, when we tried to inspire a soul that was discouraged. At the end of our lives Jesus will not ask how much we have accomplished because we are such talented or clever people but rather how much we have loved.
The “pearl of great price” is divine life in Jesus. The path he walked was a path of love. His own meaning was love which he has taught to us in many words and many examples and finally by laying down his life. That is why we are able to be filled with gratitude for the meaning which Jesus has given to our lives.
Lord, when I think of the hour of my death I am sometimes afraid. Have I done anything important in my life? Have I used my talents and opportunities? Then I hear you remind me of the one question that matters; Have I loved? Show me, Lord, how to love.