Where Is My Treasure?

Reflection for the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time by FAN Associate Director, Sr. Marie Lucey, OSF

This reflection was originally posted in our August 5th newsletter

Faith without fear is a strong theme in this week’s readings. Abraham, Sarah, and many generations are held up as models who “did not receive what had been promised but saw it from afar and acknowledged themselves to be strangers and aliens on earth…” And “All died in faith.” Today, as this country and the world struggles with a migration crisis, it is good for us to remind ourselves that we are all migrants, all sojourners, in our time on Earth. As we sojourn, a critical question for each of us is “What do I treasure?” Critical because Jesus teaches “Where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.” That is, your purpose in life, what gives you meaning and happiness.

We have myriad examples of people who knew where their treasure was and allowed it to direct their hearts. Clare of Assisi, whose feast is August 11th, is a shining example of one who knew at a young age where her treasure was and gave herself wholeheartedly to living it with faith, not receiving papal approval for her Rule of Life until she was dying.

It is not hard to find examples today. An elderly neighbor spends every moment caring for her beloved husband who is sinking deeper into Alzheimer’s. Parents of a mentally disabled young woman surround her with love, support, and opportunities, with unrelenting patience. Catholics deeply concerned about the inhumane conditions in which immigrant children are held in detention gather in the nation’s capital to pray and call for the administration to stop the inhumanity. Seventy women and men, religious and lay, are arrested in an act of nonviolent civil disobedience. A young mother writes an inspiring article explaining why she brought her 3 year old son to join the Catholic Action.

These are some of my experiences of people whose hearts compel them to do what they do because they know where their treasure lies. I suggest that the treasure is even more than a husband, a daughter, or immigrant children. God’s presence in their hearts guides them to do the right, true, loving thing. You have examples of your own. Include yourself. Be encouraged with Jesus’ promise: “Do not be afraid… for your Father is pleased to give you the kingdom.”

Sr. Marie Lucey, OSF
FAN Associate Director

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