19TH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME
Today’s Gospel begins with some of the most beautiful of Jesus’ words:
“Fear not, little flock… “What love, what tenderness in these few
words! “Fear not…”. Further down in the gospel reading we are told ” “Sell your possessions, and give alms; provide yourselves with purses that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”
If God is at our service, what could be better than for us to place ourselves at his service? For if we do not, God might just accuse us of being ungrateful to him? Some will say: Certainly that might be true, but why does God involve himself in our life? Why bother with God Couldn’t he just leave us alone do get on with doing our own thing? Indeed, many people live in our modern world without paying much attention to God or man and as a result of this particular way of going we see that the world is in a terrible state. The world and its riches are supposed to be enough to make people happy, or at least that is how it seems to the vast number of people who think and act in this way. In fact, the truth is far from this particular idea of utopia, a godless life gives the illusion of happiness, like Money, material goods, the pleasure of the senses, all these things lead the men and women of our time to the greatest unhappiness: that of the glorification of “me myself and nobody else” when truthfully we should be setting ourselves and our selfish ways of going aside and focusing on the other person!
To escape from this, there is one solution: which is the life of service to others, the life of service to God for the salvation of the world remembering that our hearts will be restless until they rest in him. What will we have done with our life if we haven’t used it to serve God in some way or another? Where have we put our treasure is it really where our hearts are? Have we put it in the banknotes kept in our safe, the bricks that make up our house, or in our beautiful brand new car? Let us consider this! Have we truly decided to place ourselves at the service of God? Let us look at the Crucifix, and listen to Saint Paul: “And being found in human form he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross.” (Phil. 2:7-8) It was reported recently that gold coins from a sunken Spanish ship were recently found in the waters off the coast of Florida using a simple metal detector. As you can imagine that this attracted quite a few more “gold diggers.” Should we be consumed in acquiring a vanishing kingdom here on earth when we have an eternal kingdom waiting for us? I would love to see a mad dash for the inexhaustible treasure that the Lord provides through the Church and all those who are within it especially our priests and religious and through so many other people and organizations associated to the Church.
We don’t know in advance what God may do with us and our own oftentimes selfish plans. To those who have faith, all things are possible the old saying that fait moves mountains is certainly true. Faith helps us to rely on the power God, not on our own. As the gospel points out, we are to live in this world as strangers who are on the way home. People who move from one place to another get rid of all they can from their old house and focus on furnishing the new house. They joyfully give away what they once cherished we have to be the same getting rid of the baggage that stop us from being the people we are called by our heavenly Father to be.
“We cannot know when personal illness, bereavement or some other trying experience will put us to the test. But we do know that our life will be a success if we set our hearts and minds on values that go beyond all the transitory goods of this world. Our faith, is leading us onward, always pointing to something still to come, and at the end of our pilgrimage on this earth we will find where our true treasure is and we will simply discover that where our heart is there our treasure is as well.