Father Walter Schu, LC
Matthew 6: 19-23
Jesus said to his
disciples: “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
Introductory Prayer: Lord, I believe in you. I
believe that you love me, that you are close
by my side, and that you will be walking with
me throughout this day. I trust in you, Lord.
I trust you more than I trust myself, because
you are infinitely good and all powerful. I love you,
Jesus. I love you because you died on the
cross for me, to save me.
Petition: Lord, help
me to discover where you are most calling me
to store up treasures in heaven.
1. Temporal or Eternal Treasures:
Who does not long to discover a hidden treasure?
The human heart was made for the happiness and
security treasure promises, for the joy it brings. But one
fundamental problem presents itself: to what kind of treasure
should we entrust our heart, our inmost being, our
very self? Christ alerts us to the false treasures
which tug at our heart each day — earthly treasures
of fine clothes, or possessions, or wealth. Each of
these treasures can and will be taken from us.
At the moment we most need help, the time of
our passing to eternity, material belongings will betray us.
As the realistic Spanish proverb puts it: “There are
no pockets in a shroud.”
2. The Deep Longings of the
Heart: Christ offers us the one treasure worthy of
the human heart, the one treasure that will not
betray us, the only one that can accompany us through
the grave and across the threshold to eternal life.
What is that treasure? It is the person of
Christ himself and all of the good actions we do
for his sake. Living for Christ alone, loving him
above all else, giving up our lives, our very selves
for him, constitutes the only treasure rich enough to
satisfy the human heart — the only one capable
of fulfilling our deepest aspirations. Only this treasure will
remain for all eternity, immersing us in a joy that
is ever beginning, ever new. “For where your treasure
is, there also your heart will be.”
3. “The Lamp of
the Body”: Christ’s teaching about the eye as the
lamp of the body might at first glance seem
obscure, unrelated to his previous exhortation to store up treasures
in heaven. But a second look reveals an inner
link. Exegetes have viewed the eye as the intentions
which lie behind our actions. Christ exhorts us to childlike
simplicity in all that we do and even in
the way we view events and others. If we
see Christ in others, if we are able to perceive
the Father’s providential hand behind everything that happens to
us in life, if all we do is done out
of love for Christ, then truly our whole body
will be flooded with light.
Conversation with Christ:
Thank you, Lord, for the clear message of your
Gospel. Thank you for showing me how to live my
life with eternity ever in view. Thank you for
being the one treasure that alone can satisfy the
longings of my heart.
Resolution: I will do
everything this day out of love for Christ and
to help establish his Kingdom, renewing my conscious efforts
to store up treasures in heaven.