What is the most important thing to search for in life?

Feast of Saint Mary Magdalene
We hear in the readings how Mary spent her life searching for Jesus.
We search for many things in life, but what is more worthy of our search than the love of God in our life.

Sg 3:1-4b or 2 Cor 5:14-17;
Ps 71:1-2, 3-4a, 5-6ab, 15 and 17;
Jn 20:1-2, 11-18

Why does Jesus use parables?