“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal; but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. “The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light; but if your eye is unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
Today’s Gospel reading implores us to not build larger homes, barns, or silos to store our things. Rather, Jesus urges us to store our treasures in heaven. That which is of most value to us cannot be some earthly matter. It is necessarily found in heaven and must therefore be stored in heaven, too. If we continue building storage for our things on earth, then our hearts will remain focused on false idols.
In reflecting on this Gospel, I am drawn to the question of where my heart currently is. I know that I often forget to store up my own treasures in heaven. In reflecting on where I feel my heart now, I recognize the work that lies ahead in detaching from earthly things and moving my treasure (and thus my heart) toward heaven. It is the work of a lifetime.
—Liliana Mamani Condori is a Peruvian lawyer pursuing a master’s degree in theological studies at Boston College. Sam Hay is finishing his MA in Theology and Ministry at B.C., and currently works for its School of Education.
God, we thank you for the inspiration of Jesus. Grant that we will love you with all our hearts, souls, and minds, and love our neighbors as we love ourselves, even our enemy neighbors. And we ask you, God, in these days of emotional tension, when the problems of the world are gigantic in extent and chaotic in detail, to be with us in our going out and our coming in, in our rising up and in our lying down, in our moments of joy and in our moments of sorrow, until the day when there shall be no sunset and no dawn. Amen.
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