Posted by: livingscripture | June 17, 2011

Eleventh Friday in Ordinary Time

 

From the Word of the Day 

Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth where moth and decay destroy, and thieves break in and steal. 

                             Matthew 6: 19                                                                  

How should we live this Word 

As He continues teaching His disciples,Jesus tells them to refrain from seeking the goods of this world but rather those God offers.  We are not the masters of our existence but have received it from Another and we must take care of it.  Sometimes, in order to sustain our life we exaggerate and amass riches and things that do not guarantee true happiness in the present nor in the future.

Jesus stresses that His disciples must trust the Father and not idols.  God wants to be the God of every person.  We must choose between giving Him the primacy or the many other things that attract us.  If God has priority, we can manage our life with balance because we would see everything with the eyes of the heart.  St.Paul tells the Ephesians, ‘May the Father of glory illumine the eyes of your heart so that you may understand to what hope you have been called, what treasure of joy is contained in your heritage among the saints.’  (Ephesians 1: 18)  Jesus Himself is the treasure, the manifestation of the living God, the fulfillment of all things.  The heart of the disciple is immersed in the heart of Jesus.  Nothing else is needed.                                                   

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will place myself before Jesus and think of His heart so full of love and of mercy for me.  He offers me a measureless gift, His crucified and risen life so that I may enter into God’s glory. 

Lord, grant me a spirit of wisdom and revelation in order to recognize the treasure I have in Our Lord Jesus and the glory that is my heritage.

The voice of Pope John Paul II

Christ’s disciples are never passive and indifferent spectators of events.  On the contrary, they feel responsible for the transformation of the social, political, economic and cultural reality…You must have the courage to speak of Christ in your families, in your places of study, of work, of recreation animated by the same fervor of the apostles when they affirmed, ‘We cannot keep silent about what we have seen and heard.’  You must not be silent either!

 

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