St. Luke’s Gospel states clearly this week, “Where your treasure is there will your heart be also.”
To be open, alert and ready for new gifts of the Lord is the challenge of each day. Yet, to be honest, don’t we spend a lot of time trying to manipulate God, self and others — that this is best as I see it. It is not by chance, fate or design that we are all rather narcissistic. This word describes a person who in his or her life and actions both mental and physical shows a significant concern for self and a minimum concern for God and neighbor. This may also be called pride which is a tricky thing. There is a healthy pride that we should feel when we have done a good job or accomplished something significant. Jesus in the Gospel this weekend and also our other Scripture readings wants us to become more than we are at this moment. Thus, God touches us with desires, inclinations, hopes but not for just self but to reach out heart to heart also for God and neighbor. This is real, honest pride.
A Spanish explorer when he landed in a new country or place deliberately burnt his ships. His goal was to conquer the new land by pushing on and by burning the ships he eliminated the possibility that his men would lose heart and try to sail back to Spain. Without the ships they had no alternative but to fight ahead and not return. Possibly the men would be willing to fight l00 percent to win, convinced that they could not turn back. Thus, they were better able to focus on the goal and do what had to be done to reach it. St Benedict states it in a simple way, “We are only as sick as the secrets we keep.” The suffocating burden of going through life pretending or just holding on to the past does not give new life to each day and its promise. It is trust, love of God and Others that makes us fearless and gives us the humility to ask for forgiveness and to forgive and move ahead through all secrets. Burn the bad of the past and move ahead. Be a person of truth and know where your heart really is and move with it! For that is where your treasure is.
The words of the response can come easily, but they are not meant to be simple words. “Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be His own,” The Lord desires all of us to be His followers and open to both waiting upon Him and then channeling our time, talent and energy into Christ like action from the heart. Indeed, if we are truthful and honest, we know where our heart lies, and we need to follow it.
A simple modern day story about a family visiting the Washington Vietnam War memorial states, that the eldest son with his dad noticed a man weeping uncontrollably. The two of them decided to go with their mother and sisters up to the man and offer consolation and comfort. The teenage boy said to the man, “what name is your son on the monument?” The man with his hand on the monument said, “they are all my sons,” and with that he disappeared. It is that realization that we as Americans must begin to treat each other and show that concern so as to end that violence.
The Rev. Robert F. Tucker i
s pastor of St. Louis de Montfort Parish, Litchfield