“For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.”
These ardent words of Jesus from today’s gospel strike us immediately by their obvious truthfulness. They touch us in the depths of our being in a place that is beyond deceit. They require no explanation, but simply affirmation. This saying comes from the Sermon on the Mount which contains some of the most profound teachings of Jesus in the New Testament. We return often to these sayings to orient ourselves to the pathway to true Christian living. While any number of these sayings can be considered central to the teachings of Jesus it is hard to escape the tug of these simple, yet profound words given to us today, “For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.”
The gospel text invites us to consider what we truly treasure. Is it family, faith and spiritual friendships, all of which are matters of the heart that contribute to our store of treasures in heaven? Or is it possessions, privileges, and positions of power which the gospels remind us are fleeting and corruptible?
Earlier in this Sermon Jesus had pronounced blessed those who are poor in spirit, meek, and merciful. Such people are focused on the things of God and his kingdom rather than any material or earthly possession. Today the church keeps the feast of Saint Thomas More, one of England’s most revered saints. Before his execution he pronounced “I die in and for the faith of the holy Catholic Church. I die as the king’s true servant, but God’s first.” He knew where his treasure was!
In your prayer today, take some time today to reflect on where your treasure really is?
Let Us Pray:
“O Lord, you made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you.” (St. Augustine)
Daily Eucharistic Reflection – Center for Eucharistic Evangelizing (eucharisticevangelizing.com)