Store Up On The Real Treasures

Matthew 6:19-23
2 Kgs 11:1-4,9-18,20 / Ps 132

Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and decay destroy, and where thieves break in and steal…
(Matthew 6:19)

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

[Jesus said], “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and decay destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moths nor decay destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be. The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are sound, your whole body will be filled with light. But if your eyes are bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness! (Matthew 6:19-23)

Reflection

What did our Lord Jesus mean by storing up for ourselves treasures in heaven, “where neither moths nor decay destroy 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 eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are sound, your whole body will be filled with light.” (Mt. 6:22) The spiritual “eye” that our Lord is referring to is our conscience. A Christian with a sound conscience lives in the light of God’s love. Possessing a pure and sensitive conscience is a great gift and is correlated with our dignity as children of God. It is our Christian duty to discern the truth and properly form our conscience. If we sincerely seek the truth, then the Spirit of Truth will enlighten our conscience by His divine grace. A conscientious man 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 a man’s conscience is already blinded by the darkness of sin. He does not see that his earthly treasures will only last for a time, and will never bring him true happiness, but only the gravest misery to his 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 treasures” for himself in heaven. For more than 30 years – in every monthly week-end formation seminar – he has always been a reliable presence. He guides the assigned course director and his staff in the proper handling of the sessions, 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 enough reason 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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