St Paul says in the First Reading Whatever gains I had, these I have come to regard as loss because of Christ. More than that, I regard everything as loss because of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things, and I regard them as rubbish in order that I may gain Christ.
There is nothing more valuable than to gain Christ. He is our treasure, he is the One whom we want. Everything is a loss compared to knowing him. This is what is important to us: knowing Christ. The education we have, the degrees we have are nothing compared to knowing Christ. This knowing Christ is not an intellectual knowledge, but an experiential knowledge, it is knowing fully because of an intimate relationship with him.
The Responsorial Psalm tells us: Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually. Remember the wonderful works he has done, his miracles and the judgments he uttered. We seek God not because we need him. But because we remember the wonderful works he has done for us. This he does because he loves us so much that he willingly leaves what he had to seek out the lost sheep. Why would a shepherd leave ninety nine sheep by themselves to search for one? Jesus said in John 17:12: while I was with them, I kept those you had given me true to your name. I have watched over them and not one is lost, except the one who choose to be lost.
God desires to save everyone, but it is still our choice whether this is fulfilled or not. This will is fulfilled when we seek him continually.
Lord, help me to seek you always. Let my desire be to know you. Reveal yourself to me and open my heart and mind, so I can fully know you.