June 20, 2006
Friday of eleventh week in ordinary time
Matthew 6: 19-23
“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!”
Introductory Prayer: Lord God, I wish to love you so much that I ask you to fix my heart in heaven. Give me your grace to believe and hope that one day I will be with you for all eternity. Make me love everything you love, and strengthen my resolve to do all and only that which you ask of me.
Petition: Jesus, let me see things the way you do so that I can value them as you do.
1. Treasure in Heaven. “Doctor, lawyer, businessman – that’s where the money’s at!” “Money can’t buy happiness... but it sure helps!” How many hours a day do we spend worrying about money or money related issues? “If only I could win the lottery, it would solve so many problems!” But Christ tells us rather to look for the Kingdom of God; to work not for “dishonest wealth” (Luke 16:11) but rather for treasures in heaven: charitable actions. What is my treasure?
2. Heart in Heaven. We work for what is important to us: the Olympic athlete who trains for hours on end in order to win the gold medal; the medical student who spends years in study to become a dexterous surgeon; the mother who loses many nights of sleep worrying over her child’s health and happiness. All of us are capable of great self-sacrifice when we are striving for what we value. The question is whether our values are the same as Jesus’: in the first place, the glory of his Father and the salvation of souls. Where is my heart? What are my priorities in life?
3. A Light on the Path. Jesus is the light in our life. His life and teaching must illuminate our hearts and minds so that we may see clearly. If Christ’s example does guide our actions, then our lives will be filled with light. But if we fix our hearts on worldly matters and earthly treasures, then “how great will the darkness be” within us!
Conversation with Christ: Lord Jesus, fill my heart and my mind with your love. Teach me to see all things as you see them, and help me to value them as you do. I want to go to heaven to be with you forever; give me all the graces I need to follow you faithfully and to die to myself so that I can live with you.
Resolution: I will dedicate a few extra moments to prayer during the course of this day, asking the Holy Spirit to enlighten and guide all of my words and actions.
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