Mt 6: 19-23
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal; but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. “The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light; but if your eye is unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
Today’s Gospel reading implores us to not build larger homes, barns, or silos to store our things. Rather, Jesus urges us to store our treasures in heaven. That which is of most value to us cannot be some earthly matter. It is necessarily found in heaven and must therefore be stored in heaven, too. If we continue building storage for our things on earth, then our hearts will remain focused on false idols.
In reflecting on this Gospel, I am drawn to the question of where my heart currently is. I know that I often forget to store up my own treasures in heaven. In reflecting on where I feel my heart now, I recognize the work that lies ahead in detaching from earthly things and moving my treasure (and thus my heart) toward heaven. It is the work of a lifetime.
—Liliana Mamani Condori is a Peruvian lawyer pursuing a master’s degree in theological studies at Boston College. Sam Hay is finishing his MA in Theology and Ministry at B.C., and currently works for its School of Education.
God, we thank you for the inspiration of Jesus. Grant that we will love you with all our hearts, souls, and minds, and love our neighbors as we love ourselves, even our enemy neighbors. And we ask you, God, in these days of emotional tension, when the problems of the world are gigantic in extent and chaotic in detail, to be with us in our going out and our coming in, in our rising up and in our lying down, in our moments of joy and in our moments of sorrow, until the day when there shall be no sunset and no dawn. Amen.
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“When you are praying, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do; for they think that they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
“Pray then in this way: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And do not bring us to the time of trial, but rescue us from the evil one. For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you; but if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
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In today’s Gospel reading, Jesus introduces the Lord’s Prayer to his disciples. At a first read, the passage may seem obvious or begging to not be further considered. The Our Father is innately in us it seems, being recited by many from an early age, and regularly in the liturgy. Today, we are presented with an opportunity to think deeper about this prayer.
I like to pray these words line by line, with an intentional reflection on each phrase. Each time I do this, something else stands out and the words of praise and plea of forgiveness suggests a new action or thought to dwell within me. May this prayer impact your life in a different light each time it may arise.
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Life-giving God, help my walk today in your holy grace.
May I share your grace and goodness today with each person I meet.
For your greater honor and glory always! Amen.
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