August 17, 2015
(St. Joan of the Cross)
A young man approached Jesus and said, “Teacher, what good must I do to gain eternal life?” Jesus told him to keep the Commandments. The young man said that he does, but was looking for more. So Jesus answered, “If you wish to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” Mt 19:16-22
Just makes us think, beloved, what are we looking for in salvation? Are we just looking for the minimum, or are we truly looking for the “treasure” of heaven? Can we turn from focusing on ourselves and how good we look to God and to other people, to focusing on others and what we can DO for them.
It’s interesting to experience the treasure we receive from the least little things we offer to our brothers and sisters in need. Maybe it’s as simple as a smile or as tough as offering a consoling shoulder for them to cry on. Maybe it’s as simple as offering some cash to help feed them, to as difficult as actually helping them to build or rebuild their homes or their lives. Yes, keeping the Commandments is important to God to show our love for Him, but sharing His love with others is truly His treasure, and ours!
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