Please continue to pray for the victims of the typhoon in the Philippines….It is painful to look at images from this disaster, which show whole cities destroyed and bodies lying in the streets. It is hard for us to believe that this sort of destruction can really happen, and it is frightening to think that hundreds of years of making and building can be wiped out in a few moments. It makes us wonder if the things that we do are really worth the effort.
This why Jesus teaches us to store up treasure in Heaven, not on earth (Matthew 6:19-20). We can see the treasure we have on earth, but we cannot see the treasure in Heaven, and so it is tempting to focus on things that build up our earthly wealth. One of the reasons why God allows terrible weather is to help us realize the truth that nothing in this world is guaranteed to last, and we should not invest all our time in them.
We should invest our best time in storing up treasure in Heaven. How do we do that? When spend time in prayer, when we are loving to people who are unkind to us, and when we forgive those who have hurt us, we store up treasure in Heaven. When we give to the Church and to those in need, we store up treasure in Heaven. When we teach our children and grandchildren to know and love God, we are storing up treasure in Heaven. When we accept our sufferings and the ways that we are poor, we store up treasure in Heaven.
Our great example of storing treasure in Heaven is the Blessed Virgin Mary. Mary was a poor peasant whose husband worked hard for their food, and she had very little in the way of earthly possessions. In fact, Mary had nothing to call her own because everything she had, even her own body, was put at God’s service. Mary also suffered, especially when her husband Joseph died and when her Beloved only Son died on the cross. Mary, however, did not lament her sufferings but devoted her time and energy especially to prayer.
The truth that Mary is Queen of Heaven and Earth, the richest woman in the universe, should inspire us to invest our efforts in Heavenly riches.
Peace in Christ,