Friday, June 18, 2021

Friday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time

“Where your treasure is, there will be your heart,” words of Jesus that illuminate one of the foundational truths of gospel living. What is the treasure of your heart? Inspired by people of many income levels, a group of very wealthy individuals made a “giving pledge” that inspired... challenged them to give a large amount of their resources to a particular need or cause that would make a troubled world better. They did this with no fanfare and were extremely anonymous in this endeavor.

When we hang on to our wealth or possessions, we close in on ourselves, our hearts becoming hardened. When the treasure becomes the giving and not the clinging or amassing, we receive an abundance of Grace in return. Our true security becomes that which “rust cannot destroy.”

It’s human nature to want more and more money and possessions, a consequence of original sin. Original holiness, which is gospel living, restores balance and perspective in how we use our wealth and talents. These become enduring “treasure” when they are shared and not stored in greed or insecurity.

Fr. Frank