Trust in Him

Friday, June 18, 2010

Our Treasury

Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6: 19-21

In my recent post "Justification" I have explained that we rely on Jesus for our redemption, and without Him we are worth nothing at all. It is only by His own merit that we merit anything, let alone eternal life. While this is unshakably true, God has given us a holy heritage, and we care for this heritage even while still on earth. The world will pass away, our lives come and go, but that is when our real existence begins. Is it not, then, possible for us to lay up treasure in heaven, and profitable to do so? Jesus was wont to speak of infinite and mighty truths in words we would understand, it is natural to suppose that there is far more to "heavenly treasures" than this.

So, what is this... heavenly career? God, Creator of the universe, eternal perfection, must always be our focus. In heaven, there will be no mistaking that He is God, and there will be no hesitation in praising Him as there is on earth. Therefore, it is reasonable that the first and foremost thing we ought to do is seek Heaven, the Kingdom of God, and obey and listen to He who is, and always was. We are human, we are weak, but we must desire and pursue perfection. In looking first to heaven, and counting this life as secondary, we place our hearts in the hand of God.

Jesus looks upon our worries with some pity and sadness, for He knows that they distract the greatest concern. We spend our lives trying to accumulate resources and comforts to make our lives more pleasurable. We seek success and fame so that our lives are memorable. These thoughts in our minds result in worry, worry over the millions of little things in the world... and fear over the dangers that assail us here. But in Jesus there is no change. If our lives are virtuous, our souls are pure, then our eternal security remains constant. Can you imagine what it would be like if we all grasped this truth fully? To know, to trust, that though the past has gone, and tomorrow is not a surety, there will always be a present for us, eternal life in heaven? If we remember this, then the terms of life change.

The catechism tells us that our purpose on earth is to know, love, and serve God in this world, and to be happy with Him in the next. These are the terms of life, and who would desire their own unhappiness so much as to change them? The more we offer God in our lives, the more virtue and sacrifice and love we give to Him, the more we fulfill His wishes and the more abundantly He desires to reward us. Not only for eternity, but for this life also we receive a closer and closer association with God. Good follows us wherever we go, because there is good in our hearts, and heavenly grace is ever available as our strength in trials. Therefore our charity should be abundant, and our willed denial of self and determined sacrifice should be our way of life.

Let us desire the better gifts. Let us seek first to honor God, and next to increase in virtue and goodness. Let us be wise and charitable that our exposure to the wondrous Mystery of God may increase, and we ourselves may come to a deeper union of love with Him. This is our eternal vocation, the one for which we first conceived in the mind of God, and He wills that we should find it so that He can share with us an ocean of goodness in the eternal halls. He has promised, and He will do it, He longs to do it.

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