FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
Friday 17 June 2022 11th Week of Ordinary Time
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth,
where moth and decay destroy, and thieves break in and steal.
But store up treasures in heaven,
where neither moth nor decay destroys, nor thieves break in and steal.
For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be. (Mt. 6: 19-21)
How shall I live this Word?
It is important to ask ourselves every now and then “where is your treasure?” Where is the thing or person you care about most?
Because that’s where our heart will be, our affections, our desires, our dreams, what gives meaning to our life and our choices.
Don Bosco’s treasure was the young people and his whole heart was with them because he was ready to make any sacrifice for them.
Mother Teresa’s treasure was the poorest, the most abandoned, those without rights and for them she changed her life and she gave it to the full.
Chiara Corbella’s treasure was her family and her son, who after so much suffering she carried in her womb, and in order not to harm him, she did not voluntarily submit to the care she needed.
The treasure of the monks of Tibhirine was the Lord and the people among whom they lived and for them they gave their lives to the point of martyrdom.
And where is our treasure?
Lord, You be our treasure, the profound meaning of our life, the reason why we live and love, the reason for our journey and our choices.
The Voice of Pope Francis Angelus 11 August 2013
It is precisely the love of God that gives meaning to small daily commitments and also helps to face great trials. This is our true treasure. To go forward in life with love, with the love that the Lord sowed in our heart, with the love of God. And this is the true treasure. But what is God’s love? It is not something vague, a generic feeling. God’s love has a name and a face: Jesus Christ. God’s love is manifested in Jesus.