“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal; but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. “The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light; but if your eye is unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations
How do we “store up riches in heaven”? Isn’t it interesting that we actually have a sense of this. Just as Catherine of Siena says that our soul’s infinite love and desire teach us about God, so too our sense of eternity can teach us about the riches we can store up in heaven.
If we are willing to look at it, we know that the physical attractiveness that comes with youth soon fades, but the beauty of a kind and gentle soul lives on forever. Honors that come from worldly achievements can be washed out in an instant, but the deep satisfaction of knowing that I have done my best at a worthwhile task can never be taken away.
Where am I spending my precious energy? Am I wasting it in areas that have only passing value? Or am I investing them in areas that endure forever?
—Fr. Tim Hipskind, S.J. is co-director of the Institute for Leadership and Service, as well as Director of Service Learning at the University of Detroit Mercy. He regularly ministers to Hispanic Catholics in the Detroit area.
Living God—stand by me. Hold me up. Be my strength when I am tired, my inspiration when I am bored, my life when I am listless.
Living God, I cannot always meet the standard expected of me, cannot always be the personality I am known for. Abba when I fail, Abba when I stumble—stand by me!