(Luke 12: 32-48) What do you treasure? It’s not a word we use often, but if you think about it, our treasure is what we value above all else. The things of this world are given to us for our enjoyment or as a way to experience God’s goodness. But in today’s affluent and materialistic culture, it’s easy for us to lose sight of our ultimate purpose, the reason we are on this earth. “Things” sometimes begin to take the place that should be reserved for God alone. However, contrary to popular opinion, life is about more than accumulating stuff! God created us to love people and use things, but we often do the exact opposite – we use people and love things.
When we begin to think that “things” will somehow satisfy us, we become enslaved to their attraction. But the satisfaction of earthly possessions is fleeting. We quickly tire of them and, enticed by the desire for more, we may fall into the trap of pleasure seeking, always looking for the next “fix.” But it’s a dead end, or as our the Holy Father recently described, “a plethora of paths leading nowhere and forming a vast labyrinth.”1 The endless pursuit of things will always leave us searching, empty and wanting more. But what Christ offers us is lasting: it will never run out, wear out, grow old or expire. It is the reward of eternal life, an “unfailing treasure in heaven” that’s ours for the asking…if only we are ready when the Lord comes to claim us, whenever that may be.
The fact is, none of us knows when we will leave this world. But what we do now – how we use the things of this life, the gifts and resources we’ve been given – will in large part determine what happens next. Jesus reminds us, “Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also” (Lk 12:34). We have been entrusted with much, but with that blessing comes the responsibility to share what we have with others. After all, we are not the masters, but merely the stewards of creation. If we learn to measure our lives in love, we will find that we are on the right path, one of fulfillment and meaning in this life that will ultimately lead us to heaven.
“For the measure you give will be the measure you get back” (Lk 6: 38).
– Kelley Holy
1 Pope Francis, Lumen Fidei, 13.