Treasure

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Treasure

Storing up for a storm like treasure in heaven.

Have you been to a supermarket before a storm (hurricanes, tornados, blizzards, freezing rain storms etc)? What you see are large crowds of people preparing at the last minute. And for some it may be they only heard at the last minute and so have to run to make sure there are enough provisions in store for a few days at least. The queues at the supermarket take longer to pass through to pay than it took to collect the items in the basket.

We can be like this at any number of points in our lives. We all too often live as if there is no worry for tomorrow which will take care of itself and there will always be a tomorrow. But we should never take tomorrow for granted. There are no guarantees for tomorrow much less for today. And the same for all the accumulated things in our lives.

So what should we do? Always be living in the moment. But also always in the presence of God. Since we never know the day or the hour when we will be called upon to give an accounting for our lives we should live as if it were this afternoon.

How do we live this? It means doing what we are called on to do in our lives and families making each moment and action holy. It means loving others and caring for them as we would want to be cared for. It means storing treasure in heaven.

Think of all those plans we make day to day. All the people we meet either in person or in social media. How did we come to make those plans? How did we meet those people. Did everything go according to plan? Was someone rude to us? Did we get slandered in social media? How did we react? It is not only our actions but our reactions that decide if we remain in God’s presence. “Persevering in love and trust toward the Triune God even when hurt comes from an unexpected quarter and there is no way out: there is true joy.” (Weavings Blog Post)

Jesus said to be holy as your Father in heaven is holy (Mt 5,48). Since we are to store treasures there (Mt 6,19) should then this two-fold call be our priority? It is worth trying. And are not the people around us worth far more than the objects we collect and hold dear? (“…hold fast what is good” says St Paul to the Thessalonians) and are not those whom we love and those who are strangers not the better good? This week why not give ourselves away to help those around us, even the ones we don’t like or even know and thereby store treasure in Heaven.

“Guard well within yourself that treasure, kindness. Know how to give without hesitation, how to lose without regret, how to acquire without meanness”
(George Sand)

 

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And how many priests and prelates are well aware of this state of affairs and would rather look away? How many would rather deal with fund raising and parish retention programmes and New Evangelisation programmes which may be or are in actual fact void of the deeper meaning of the Sacraments and how to live them in our daily lives?

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Lost and Confused

I am frequently asked bout the current state of confusion in the world. And connected to that, the way forward. For many people the current state of things in secular and religious life have left many people in varying degrees of distress. We should not be surprised at this state of affairs as the secular and religious world have frequently abandoned long held norms and in some cases radically diverted from or divested themselves from these norms.

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Books, if we choose to read them, permit us to increase our vocabulary, gain better syntax in our language, open new places and people to us. Books use our own imaginative senses to “see” what the author has written. The scenes may be written in such a way we can see clearly as the author intended, or it could be seen in our own way. 

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