Fleeting Treasure, Passing Happiness

Fleeting Treasure, Passing Happiness

June 22, 2018

Friday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time

The Gospel Today
Matthew 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.”

Reflection (Sem. Tristan Ralf Q. Pacheco)

When I was still outside the seminary walls and living my life freely, guess what is the first thing that I think of every waking morning? Like most people of today, I was thinking of my cellphone. It was a habit that upon waking up, I would try to get hold of my cellphone immediately and check on it for text messages or check the Facebook messenger. I even mastered the art of searching for it with my hands even while I am not yet opening my eyes or in times that I find it hard to open my eyes because it has gone dry through the night. During the day, I was sensitive enough to attend to every ring and sound from it. Whenever I get off a tricycle, or a jeepney after traveling, it is automatic to me to check and feel with my hands if my cellphone is still in my pocket. Indeed, cellphone was important to me since it was the first thing I think about in the morning and the last thing I check and use before sleeping. I even suffered many pains when the phone hit my face because I have dropped it when I dozed off while using it to lull me to sleep while lying in my bed. Would it not be of great importance, the fact that my cellphone was the most expensive property I had during those times? It had a magnificent camera (20Megapixel resolution). It was an awesome Windows operated smart phone – I can copy-paste texts from a page of a book just by taking a picture of it and using an application to extract the texts from it and no need to re-type. Wasn’t that amazing? Jesus must have been jealous about it and realizing that now, it gives me a lot of embarrassment.

I have realized that we value those things, people and experiences that gives us happiness. Surely that is one reason why my cellphone has taken an important role in my life.

In the Gospel for today, Jesus said: “…where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.” This statement reminds us to be aware of what we consider to be as treasures. My cellphone will be outdated and I will need to buy another one. I will never be satisfied. I will only keep longing and acquiring one. Everything is passing and God alone remains – ever loving and faithful. Let us not give our hearts to transitory things, rather, let us give it all to God.

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