Friday, August 17, 2012
Matthew 6:21: For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.
The treasure of the human heart is whatever pleasure, position, or object toward which we order our entire life toward. This could be sports, an occupation, a drug, a friendship, wealth, God, etc. How sad it is when that purpose is anything other than to serve God, for it is he who brought us out of nothing to serve himself out of His pure goodness! When our treasure is something other than the Lord, we no longer recognize God as the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, of our lives but as means for a lesser end when we try to fulfill ourselves outside of Him. This does not mean that we should not pray for any goods in this world, but what it means that we should always say at the end of the pray not my will but Thy will be done(Lk 22:42). In this way our main concern is unity with God and not with his creation; we recognize the goodness and need for his creation while putting our trust in God’s plan for how we receive what we need and how much we receive.
What happens when we look to something other than God for our fulfillment?
The human heart will toil after fulfillment its whole life and look for something to become its foundation whether it is a career, friends, family, sex, etc. Anytime our foundation is something other than God, we find ourselves restless without any true peace because the spring which flows from that desire is unable to quench our thirst. The reason for this is because there is a disorder in our priorities.
If man is meant to live for God, who is love, wisdom, joy, peace, etc., and follow his perfect will then how unsatisfying will it be to focus our lives on something less than Him. The lesser good will come and go without our desire for it decreasing and the more we become enslaved to it the less we love it, for we see its imperfections, but we are blind to a just alternate means to satisfy ourselves. How foolish it is to focus our lives on the perishable only to perish with it in the end! This does not mean that we should not enjoy or partake in what is perishable-we are meant to enjoy this world-but it does mean that we should direct it towards God so that the work done may be done for the eternal. That which cannot be offered up to God should not be done. The more we focus our lives on God the more we love God who is without any imperfection. It does not make sense that with clear knowledge of what we are, beings made to give praise to God, and what God is, an incomprehensible goodness which we could never reach the complete depths of, since His being is infinite, that we would focus our lives on anything less than God.
On the feast of St. Hyacinth let us ask for his prayers. St. Hyacinth pray for us.