Matthew 6: 19-23
Friday of the Eleventh Week of Ordinary Time
I will do everything this day out of love for Christ and to help establish his Kingdom, renewing my conscious efforts to store up treasures in heaven.
Lord, I believe in you. I
believe that you love me, that you are close by my side, and that you will be walking with me
throughout this day. I trust in you, Lord. I trust you more than I trust myself, because you are
infinitely good and all powerful. I love you, Jesus. I love you because you died on the cross for
me, to save me.
Lord, help me to discover where you are most calling me
to store up treasures in heaven.
1. Temporal or Eternal Treasures:
Who does not
long to discover a hidden treasure? The human heart was made for the happiness and security treasure
promises, for the joy it brings. But one fundamental problem presents itself: to what kind of
treasure should we entrust our heart, our inmost being, our very self? Christ alerts us to the false
treasures which tug at our heart each day — earthly treasures of fine clothes, or possessions, or
wealth. Each of these treasures can and will be taken from us. At the moment we most need help, the
time of our passing to eternity, material belongings will betray us. As the realistic Spanish
proverb puts it: "There are no pockets in a shroud."
2. The Deep Longings of the
Christ offers us the one treasure worthy of the human heart, the one treasure that
will not betray us, the only one that can accompany us through the grave and across the threshold to
eternal life. What is that treasure? It is the person of Christ himself and all of the good actions
we do for his sake. Living for Christ alone, loving him above all else, giving up our lives, our
very selves for him, constitutes the only treasure rich enough to satisfy the human heart — the only
one capable of fulfilling our deepest aspirations. Only this treasure will remain for all eternity,
immersing us in a joy that is ever beginning, ever new. "For where your treasure is, there also your
heart will be."
3. "The Lamp of the Body":
Christ's teaching about the eye as the
lamp of the body might at first glance seem obscure, unrelated to his previous exhortation to store
up treasures in heaven. But a second look reveals an inner link. Exegetes have viewed the eye as the
intentions which lie behind our actions. Christ exhorts us to childlike simplicity in all that we do
and even in the way we view events and others. If we see Christ in others, if we are able to
perceive the Father's providential hand behind everything that happens to us in life, if all we do
is done out of love for Christ, then truly our whole body will be flooded with light.
Conversation with Christ:
Thank you, Lord, for the clear message of your Gospel.
Thank you for showing me how to live my life with eternity ever in view. Thank you for being the one
treasure that alone can satisfy the longings of my heart.
I will do
everything this day out of love for Christ and to help establish his Kingdom, renewing my conscious
efforts to store up treasures in heaven.