Gospel Reading: Mt 6:19-23
[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. If your eye is sound, your whole body will be filled with light; but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be in darkness. And if the light in you is darkness, how great will the darkness be.“
Store up treasures in Heaven. There is no security in material wealth, no salvation in worldly possessions. All material things are perishable; they are lost, worn out, or made useless. Only heavenly treasures last forever and assure us of eternal life with God. The letter of St. James says, “Come now, you rich, weep and wail over your impending miseries. Your wealth has rotted away, your clothes have become motheaten, your gold and silver have corroded, and that corrosion will be a testimony against you; it will devour your flesh like a fire. You have stored up treasure for the last days“ (Jas 5:1-3).
Jesus tells us to store up treasures in heaven. We are to fix our eyes on God. Our heart must always be set on God as the center of our interest and the summit of our life.
God should be our first choice. Our words and actions should please God and be in accordance to God’s will. What we do here on earth should lead us to God and to the heavenly treasure.
Since the lamp of the body is the eye, let us see with the eyes of faith that it is God whom we need in this life. We must rely on God, placing our trust in his providential care. Let us remember that to be with God in heaven is our goal.
What do you consider your treasures? Are you storing up treasures for eternal life?
How does the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, wounded for the sins of men and women, challenge you today?
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