The Greatest Treasure
What do you treasure, and invest your time and life in? It always depends on the person, the perspective and the personality when looking at this question. For some, treasure is family, growing in relationship with many children, teaching them the Catholic lifestyle and leading by example. For others, the greatest treasures are memories past, loved ones who they spent time with at the cottage, fishing on the lake. Others still treasure physical objects, focussing much of their time on working in a certain career path to build a life through purchases of electronics, fancy cars and a large home. Treasure can take on many different meanings, but for us, the greatest treasure is found through the gift given through Christ's sacrifice of love on the cross.
Today's Gospel states:'"Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal, but lay 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 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 not sound, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!' (Matthew 6:19-23).
In today's reading we hear about how we shouldn't invest in earthly treasures, as change will happen, things will decay, and nothing on this earth is permanent. We need to invest in treasures of the heart, building ourselves up as disciples and working constantly to act out of love. Think about what you currently invest a lot of time in. Is it worth it, a treasure for you? Maybe you spend hours on facebook, or work days on end away from your loved ones. Do the things you treasure matter most in life and are they going to help in your mission of evangelization and acting in love? Take some time to ask God to help you set good priorities for the things that matter most.
Today's prayer comes from 'the Gospel coalition' a prayer for treasuring and trusting Jesus:
Dear Lord Jesus, our world hangs the word precious, on things it deems of great and lasting worth. Thus we have precious metals, like silver, gold, and platinum; or precious gemstones, such as diamonds, sapphires, rubies, and emeralds. But if anything or anyone deserves the appellation “precious,” it’s you, Lord Jesus—God’s chosen cornerstone and precious capstone of our redemption.
For the combined worth of all precious metals and gemstones, that have ever existed, does not compare with the unsearchable riches that are found only in you. Compared to you, Lord Jesus, all other treasures are wanna-be imitations and fool’s gold, empty trifles and illusionary nothings; even as Paul says, they are to be counted as dung and rubbish, when compared to you and the inestimable privilege of knowing you.
To trust and treasure you, Lord Jesus, is to be free from the burden of our guilt and the condemnation of our sin. To trust and treasure you, Jesus is to boast in the gift of your righteousness, to rest in the constancy of your love, to wake up each day to your endless mercies, to hear you sing to us in the gospel. To trust and treasure you is to feel the stranglehold of shame lose its grip over our hearts; it’s to have the idols of our hearts exposed and dethroned; it’s to be set free to love as we are loved, to forgive as we’ve been forgiven, to accept others as you accept us .
Jesus, we praise you for taking the guilt of our sin and the shame of our brokenness on the cross. You became sin for us that in you we might become righteousness of God. Because of you, judgment day holds no terror. The cross was our judgment day, and that day has come and come. We no longer fear the gaze of God because of the grace of God we have in you.
May you become more and more precious to us, Jesus. May the gospel continue to change the price tags on everything in our world. May yesterday’s values be considered today’s loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing you. So very Amen we pray in your glorious and grace-full name.