Storing Up On The Real Treasure

Matthew 6: 19-23
2 Cor 11:18.21-30 / Ps 34

For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.
(Matthew 6:23)

We are blind to the real treasure
If the wealth of this world is our goal;
We will find the cost beyond measure
If it should mean the loss of our soul.

Jesus said, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal, but store up treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. “The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is sound, your whole body will be full of light; but if your eye is bad, then your whole body will be in darkness. And if the light in you is darkness, how great will the darkness be!” (Matthew 6:19-23)

Reflection

What did our Lord Jesus mean by His words, “Store up treasures for yourselves in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal”? (Mt. 6:20) How is it possible to store up treasures in heaven?

Perhaps the succeeding passages may shed light on this parable. “The lamp of the body is the eye; if your eyes are sound, your whole body will be in the light. If your eyes are diseased your whole body will be in darkness.” (6:22-23) Our spiritual “eye” is our conscience. A Christian with a sound conscience lives in the light of God’s love. He believes that it is in acts of charity that he can store up or gain graces, which are the real treasure from God. And nothing can take that away from him. But a person who spends his life storing up material fortunes for himself is in darkness, because money gained for its own sake is usually earned by means foul and false. And spent in the same darkness of vices. Such earthly treasures last only for a time, and will never bring happiness, but only the deepest darkness to the soul.

Our Days with the Lord sessions coordinator, Bro. Vener, has always been a model to us of one who has dedicated his life completely in “storing up treasure” for himself in heaven. For more than 20 years — in every monthly week-end formation seminar — he has been an ubiquitous fixture. He guides the assigned course director and his staff in the proper handling of the session, helps in the solicitations from sponsors, and coordinates with the Day’s spiritual director. Wherever a brother or his immediate family member passes on, expect him to be there in the wake, leading the members in the prayer service. I have not seen a Dayser servant as dedicated as he is. All the brothers know that Bro. Vener has long been unemployed and has no regular means of income, but he has never lacked for anything for himself and his small family. The Lord has consistently provided for his needs through the generosity of many brothers who consider it a special privilege to help him continue with his mission. He told me once that he might be poor in this life, but he knows he is very wealthy in the next. And that hope has given him reason enough to be happy.

Learn to savor the goodness of the Lord; happy are those who take refuge in Him. Nothing is lacking to those who fear Him (Psa 34:9-10). Thank You, Father for your faithful servants who show us how to store up treasures in heaven. Amen.

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