17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reflection by Abouna Labib Kobti

“Where is my treasure?”

Today’s Gospel speaks about “treasure”, it says: the Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure buried in a field. Matthew 13: 44-52 in another place on Mathew 6:19, Jesus says: “Store up your treasure in heaven, not on earth”. But what does treasure mean? It means my future based on a permanent happiness, peace and joy; not one which is temporary.

All the ancient treasures unearthed by archeologists, all the money, all fame all the sciences of the world, cannot set for me a real future. They cannot give me a real future. In fact, if I were terminally ill with cancer, all my money, my fame, my knowledge could not save me from dying.

Archeologists are discovering treasure buried from the time of the pharaohs until today, in the great palaces of Europe, in the fields and in the seas. At auction these treasures can be sold for millions and millions of dollars. Yet all these treasures, which we are so joyful about unearthing today, where unable to provide their owners with a real future.

That is why when Jesus speaks about the real treasure, he says: “store up your treasure in heaven, not on earth” (Mt. 6:19). The real future is finding a treasure that we can hide in heaven; not money, nor fame, nor knowledge but rather, your love, your forgiveness, your faithfulness.

How did you live love? How did you serve and care for others? This is the real treasure that sets your future. We call those who were able to hide their treasures in heaven saints. Those good people, who understood that wealth, science and fame could only get them anywhere if they loved, forgave and worked for those who are in need.

We read in today’s Gospel that “the angels will go out and separate the wicked from the righteous.” When the righteous, will find their hidden treasure in heaven, the wicked will be empty handed. About those good people, we read in today’s Second Reading (Rom. 8:28-30) that “we know that all things work for good for those who love God.”

What do those who love God do? Today’s responsorial Psalm (119) gives the answer. They love God’s commands. It says for “I love your commands more than Gold.”

In the First Reading, Solomon was asked (1Kings 3:5, 7-12) from God what he needs the most. Solomon said: “Give your servant an understanding heart to understand your people and distinguish right from wrong.” This is what loving God’s commands means.

Do you see how the good person hides his treasure in earth, and how he can find this real treasure in heaven which means real peace, real joy, real love, and real happiness? Do you understand now the meaning of what Jesus said, “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure buried in a field… and store up your treasure in heaven, not on earth”?

Let us pray: Lord, help me to love your commands. Please say one time Hail Mary.

Sat, 04/19/2014 - 19:03
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