The Gospel Today
Memorial of St. Aloysius Gonzaga, Religious
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.”
Reflection (Sem. Ivan Joseph Feniquito):
Today’s Gospel reminds us that where our treasure is, there also will our heart will be. What treasure are we valuing, treasures in Heaven or the treasures on earth?
In our life here on earth, our parents sent us to school in order for us to finish our studies and after that to have a good and stable job. The monetary compensation allows us to buy our house, clothes, food, and the things we need here on earth. Money is a blessing from God, but the question is, are we dependent on earning money? Is our money our treasure? Do we treat our worldly possessions as our treasure?
As the Gospel says if we store up the treasures on earth, it can be destroyed and stolen. But when we store up treasures in Heaven, it cannot be destroyed or stolen. The Gospel is not suggesting to us that we should not plan for the future or ignore the practical realities while living here on earth. Money is not evil; it will depend on how we use it. In the seminary formation, we are being taught to buy things which have apostolic value. We need to buy only the things that we need and that can help in our formation.
Jesus is reminding us that our mission here on earth is not to accumulate material and worldly things. The reason why we are existed is to have fellowship with God, to be in union with Him. We can use our worldly belongings by sharing it with the less fortunate, the sick and the needy. We are blessed to have those things, but let us remember not to hoard it, but to share it, for it is by sharing with and loving our neighbor that we fulfill the commandment of God and our treasure is God alone.