June 21, 2019
(St. Aloysius Gonzaga, Religious)
Jesus said to his disciples: “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and decay destroy, and thieves break in and steal. But store up treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor decay destroys, nor thieves break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.” “The lamp of the body is the eye.” Mt_6:19-23
Two friends were walking home at sunset and one said the other, “Can you see that beautiful orange sunset, and the full moon, and the bright-early stars? Aren’t they just spectacular!” And the other replied, “Yeah, I hear it’s supposed to rain tomorrow.”
Two people were driving in a crowded city, and one raved about the diversity of cultures and race, the poor and the rich, and how everyone seemed to get along so well together. While the other complained about the traffic, the crime and the bigotry.
Two people were on their way to church, and one complained about the parking, and the preaching, and the boring music. While the other couldn’t wait to see the friends they missed, to tickle the cute little babies, to hear the relaxing music, and to find out how the preaching might transform their life in some new way today.
Jesus tells us that where our treasure is, there will our hearts be. It just reminds us, beloved, how, in every moment of our day, we have the choice to open the eyes of our hearts and to see all of God’s goodness, like St. Paul, even through shipwreck and imprisonment, even through theft and beatings, even through our own pains and illnesses, our decrepit and aged bodies, and even in death itself, there is a new sunrise, a singing bird, a cooing child and the Glory of God to raise us up.
When our eye is a lamp and not a blackout;
When our hearts are aflame in the Holy Spirit;
When we can savor the resurrection over the crucifixion and the coming of the Holy Spirit over the loss of Jesus in His ascension; then that heavenly peace that Jesus promised will be ours. And we, ourselves, will ascend, even from the deepest canyons of life, because, there in our hearts – has been our treasure all along!
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