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A reading of the holy Gospel according to Mt 6:19-23

Jesus said to his disciples: “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and decay destroy, and thieves break in and steal. But store up treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor decay destroys, nor thieves break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be. “The lamp of the body is the eye. If your eye is sound, your whole body will be filled with light; but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be in darkness. And if the light in you is darkness, how great will the darkness be.”


"store up treasures in heaven"

Since I retired, "spring cleaning" has turned out to be a daily task. Twenty nine years my home has been where all my material treasure goes. My memories of my mother and all she left behind are still in my closet. The memories of my husband's parents are also on his side in the closet.

These are just memories of my past, but I rarely see them, so in keeping them I prevent someone else from enjoying them. Do I really need all my mother's broaches? I don't wear broaches but there is probably someone out there who would enjoy wearing them. Do I need anything that I have in excess? Or should I share?

In my relationship with God, do I hoard Him and not share who He is, what He has done and what He can do with others? When we die, none of the "stuff" will go with me. Not even the dress I will be buried in. So why not place the treasure that is most needed in my heart, get rid of all that slows me down or is not necessary in my pilgrimage to heaven?

What will bring me happiness, peace and security is not any material wealth but what I possess spiritually. And this treasure is God Himself, the source of my life here on earth and for all eternity.

God Bless You


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