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.”
Jesus teaches us to live our lives in its fullness, especially through proper discernment and by self-knowledge. He invites us to be wise in our discernment, which leads us to decide and choose. We all search for a peaceful and a pleasant life. Thus, there is a need to recognise and identify our treasures in life. What are we looking for in our daily lives? And why do we look for it?
He also tells us the importance of the way we look at ourselves and the world. The way we look at life and the world, helps us to recognise the divine presence in the world and this recognition of the divine presence in our daily lives gives us courage and comfort. If we fail to see this mysterious presence of God, the invisible elements of life, we will be living our life in darkness and desolation.
Thus, Jesus directs us to our own interiority, for it is here the true light of our life resides, from where all decisions are formed, made and come out of us for the execution. There, in our own interiority that we can master our thoughts, and through that we can master our actions, and so we will be accustomed to a life that is just before God.
Action of the day: Watch the way you look at people.
“Store up treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor decay destroys, nor thieves break in and steal.”
Fr. Lluís RAVENTÓS i Artés
Today the Lord tells us that "the lamp of the body is the eye" (Mt 6: 22). Saint Thomas Aquinas understands that, when speaking of the eye, Jesus refers to man's intentions. When the intention is upright, lucid, directed to God, all our actions are brilliant, resplendent; but when the intention is not upright, how great is the darkness! (cf. Mt 6:23).
Our intention may be unrighteous due to malice, due to evil, but more often it is due to lack of good sense. We live as if we had come into the world to accumulate wealth and we have no other thought in our minds. Earn money, buy, provide, possess. We want others to admire us, or perhaps to envy us. We deceive ourselves; we suffer, we are burdened with worries and troubles, and we do not find the happiness we seek. But Jesus makes another proposal: "Store up treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor decay destroys, nor thieves break in and steal." (Mt 6:20). Heaven is the barn of good deeds; and this sure is a forever lasting treasure.
Let us be honest with ourselves, where do we put our efforts? Certainly, it is proper for a good Christian to study and work honestly to make his way in the world, to raise a family, to ensure the future of his own and the peace of mind of his old age, to work also out of a desire to help others.... Yes, all this is proper for a good Christian. But if what you seek is to have more and more, putting your heart into these riches, forgetting about good deeds, forgetting that in this world we are just passing through, that our life is a passing shadow, is it not true -then- that our eye is in darkness? And if common sense is blinded," how great will the darkness be" (Mt 6:23).