Thought of the Day July 18, 2019 Our true treasure is the Lord

By 9:16 AM

The first Beatitude calls us to be totally dependent upon God whatever He intends for us and calls us not to clutter our lives with material things that keep us attached to the world and everything else but God.

Jesus confronted this lie and revealed the truth in the following parable. “Then he spoke to them using a comparison, saying: “The fertile land of a certain wealthy man produced crops. And he thought within himself, saying: ‘What should I do? For I have nowhere to gather together my crops.’ And he said: ‘This is what I will do. I will tear down my barns and build larger ones. And into these, I will gather all the things that have been grown for me, as well as my goods. And I will say to my soul: Soul, you have many goods, stored up for many years. Relax, eat, drink, and be cheerful.’ But God said to him: ‘Foolish one, this very night they require your soul of you. To whom, then, will those things belong, which you have prepared?’ So it is with him who stores up for himself, and is not wealthy with God.” (Luke 12:16-21)

Reflecting on this St. Leo the Great said: “blessed, therefore, is poverty which is not possessed with a love of temporal things, and does not seek to be increased with the riches of the world, but is eager to amass heavenly possessions.”

Did not Jesus say: “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” (Luke 12:34)

It is not that we do not have material things, but that we are not possessed by them. Rather we are possessed by the Lord who is the Lord of our lives.

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