“Where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.”

The short passage for today (Mt 6:19-23) continues Jesus’ teaching to the disciples.  In it, the Lord cautions against storing up earthly treasures to the detriment of heavenly glory.  He closes that teaching with the headline.  Jesus then goes on to talk about the eye as lamp of the body: a sound eye fills the body with light, a bad eye keeps it in darkness.  One’s light must not be darkness.  Where do our hearts lie?  If we are consumed with wealth and power over against God, we are choosing the losing course.  If the pursuit of material possessions consumes and defines us here, it will indict us when we leave those things behind to meet the Lord.  We must embrace a spirit of detachment from profane objects and matters.  What “must” we have?  That BMW?  Maybe the latest smart phone.  Or that high end entertainment center?  Or a coveted item to add to our favorite collection.  None bad in themselves, but is our pursuit of such things distracting us (or even hindering us) from what should be our ultimate goal: heaven.  Might we do with less so that our church, a favorite evangelical organization, or persons poor or otherwise in need might benefit.  It is a paradox, but the more we give, the more we receive: Here, satisfaction from doing the right thing and helping others; in the next life, these words: “Well done, my good and faithful servant. Since you were faithful in small matters, I will give you great responsibilities.  Come, share your master’s joy” (Mt 25:21).

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