Monday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time, October 19
With the Help of God’s Grace, May Each of Us Desire Our Lord Jesus as the One True Treasure Worth Possessing Above All Else.
Today, we come across a theme which speaks to us of our Heavenly inheritance. Saint Paul tells us in our First Reading from his Letter to the Ephesians, “But God, who is rich in mercy, because of the great love he had for us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, brought us to life with Christ (by grace you have been saved), raised us up with him, and seated us with him in the heavens in Christ Jesus…”
And Jesus tells us, in today’s Gospel, the parable about the rich man who stores up all his “grain and other goods”, so that he may live the good life for many years to come. And He warns us not to be focused solely on material possessions, but rather on those treasures which matter to God.
The rich man in today’s parable can be likened to those in today’s society who focus primarily on greed and material possessions, for their reliance is based upon foolishness. And God will say to him, “You fool, this night your life will be demanded of you; and the things you have prepared, to whom will they belong?”
I am sure that most, if not all of us, have heard the age-old adage, “Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. And today? Today is a gift. That is why it is called the present.”
In our day-to-day concerns and responsibilities, with all the demands that life places upon us and upon our time, we can easily forget the fact that what we possess and enjoy right now, at this very moment, is truly a gift! Yes, we may have bills that need to be paid, or family to be cared for, or personal concerns which need to be addressed.
But at this very moment in time, at this very moment in which we are sitting and reading this meditation, in spite of all the pressures which may exist in our lives, we know that we have a God who loves each of us beyond anything we could ever possibly imagine! And this most awesome God continues to give us, at the present moment, the gift of a beating heart.
And at this special and singular moment in our lives, we are experiencing, in a wondrous way, the gift of living and expressing the faith which He has freely offered to each one of us!
It is so easy to miss all the present moments in our life, each one so precious and special. And with all the external concerns which exert demands upon our time, the only concern which truly matters is the life of faith which we profess with our hearts, and the virtue of love which makes each present moment all worthwhile.
We know that in the realm of reality, we know that in the society and the culture in which we live and struggle each day, there is a world which can consume us; there is a world which can take away our peace and our happiness – if we allow it.
It is a world filled with materialism, a world filled with all forms of secular distractions – pulling at us in every direction; it is a world in which we are criticized or even persecuted for our faith in Jesus Christ.
It is no wonder that many people lose their focus on what Christ had taught us! It is no wonder that many begin to become seduced into believing that more is better, or afraid to profess their beliefs in a God of Mercy who teaches us the priceless value of humility and personal suffering.
Sadly, this seduction can carry with it a great price – the loss of a sense of real happiness and peace, maybe even the loss of one’s soul. And Jesus reminds us in today’s Gospel, “Take care to guard against all greed, for though one may be rich, one’s life does not consist of possessions.”
Jesus once said to the Apostle Thomas, and He repeats these same words to you and me at every moment of our lives, “I am the way and the truth and the life.”
And when faced with a choice between materialistic greed or spiritual richness, each one of us should probe our heart with the questions – “Who or what is our Way? Who or what is our Truth and our Life? In other words, where does our treasure truly lie?”
Treasure has a special connection to the heart. It is a place of desire and longing, the place of individual will and focus. It can be said that the thing or person we most set our heart on is our highest treasure. What or who do you and I treasure above all else?
For you and me to embrace the quality of righteousness – personal holiness – in our lives, we must first embrace the present moment and maintain our focus on Who is truly the most important Person in our lives – Jesus Christ! For we are reminded by Saint Paul, “For we are his handiwork, created in Christ Jesus for the good works that God has prepared in advance, that we should live in them.”
And that present moment of focusing on Jesus, that moment of realizing that we truly are His handiwork, should be repeated each and every moment in all that we think, in all that we say and do – each and every day of our lives, for He then becomes our Eternal Inheritance, our One True Treasure who will fill us with an eternal peace and joy beyond anything this life could possibly offer!
With the help of God’s grace, may we free our hearts from all forms of possessiveness and greed and from coveting all that is of the Earth and is not ours. May both you and I unreservedly surrender ourselves to His will and desire our Lord Jesus as the One True Treasure worth possessing above all else!
And may our Lord help each of us to make good use of the material blessings He has given us, so that we may use them generously for His greater honor and glory, and for the good of others in truly building up the Body of Christ here on this side of the eternal –
– one heart, one mind, one soul at a time. †
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Scripture for the Day
- “But God, who is rich in mercy, because of the great love he had for us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, brought us to life with Christ (by grace you have been saved), raised us up with him, and seated us with him in the heavens in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.” (Ephesians 2:4-7)
- “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not from you; it is the gift of God; it is not from works, so no one may boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)
- “Then he said to the crowd, ‘Take care to guard against all greed, for though one may be rich, one’s life does not consist of possessions.’” (Luke 12:15)
- “But God said to him, ‘You fool, this night your life will be demanded of you; and the things you have prepared, to whom will they belong?’ Thus will it be for the one who stores up treasure for himself but is not rich in what matters to God.” (Luke 12:20-21)
- “For [wisdom] is an unfailing treasure; those who gain this treasure win the friendship of God, being commended by the gifts that come from her discipline.” (Wisdom 7:14)
- “In my heart I treasure your promise, that I may not sin against you. Blessed are you, O LORD; teach me your statutes.” (Psalm 119:11-12)
- “Precious treasure and oil are in the house of the wise, but the fool consumes them. Whoever pursues justice and kindness will find life and honor.” (Proverbs 21:20-21)
- “Tell the rich in the present age not to be proud and not to rely on so uncertain a thing as wealth but rather on God, who richly provides us with all things for our enjoyment. Tell them to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous, ready to share, thus accumulating as treasure a good foundation for the future, so as to win the life that is true life.” (1 Timothy 6:17-19)
- “But understand this: there will be terrifying times in the last days. People will be self-centered and lovers of money, proud, haughty, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, irreligious, callous, implacable, slanderous, licentious, brutal, hating what is good, traitors, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, as they make a pretense of religion but deny its power. Reject them.” (2 Timothy 3:1-5)
- “For we are his handiwork, created in Christ Jesus for the good works that God has prepared in advance, that we should live in them.” (Ephesians 2:10)
- “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’” (John 14:6)
Prayer for the Day
turn Your merciful gaze upon faithful souls,
as upon the inheritance of Your Son.
“For the sake of His sorrowful Passion,
grant them Your blessing
and surround them with Your constant protection.
“Thus may they never fail in loveSaint Faustina (Diary, § 1215)
or lose the treasure of the holy faith,
but rather, with all the hosts of Angels and Saints,
may they glorify Your boundless Mercy for endless ages. Amen.”