Friday, June 17, 2016

Reflection: Matthew 6:19-23

Friday of the 11th Week in Ordinary Time – Matthew 6:19-23

Today Jesus warns his listeners not to store up treasure for themselves while they are on earth. The reality is that our earthly treasures may be lost to theft or decay or we may grow bored with them.

The day we die, we will leave all of our earthly treasures behind. We cannot take them with us to heaven, nor can we take them to hell. Jesus’ desire for us is that we store up what is lasting, what will never decay:  the gift and grace of love. God made us for love: love of God, Jesus and the Spirit and love of other human beings.

Why is it that so many of us accumulate stuff? Is it for our comfort, security, pleasure, or status? Why do I think I need so much? Deep within, we realize that earthly treasure truly gives us neither love nor security. Only God can give us true security and true love.  A diamond, a large house, or a fast car can never love us. Yet many of us continue to desire more.

Who and what are the real treasures in my life? I invite you to write these treasures down. It may be only a few people or things. However, it is a gift to be able to appreciate the true and lasting treasures in our lives. Then, give thanks to God for these wondrous gifts which you have received. God appreciates a simple “thank you!”

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