June 22, 2018
St. Paulinas of Nola, Sts. John Fisher and Thomas More
Treasure the Lord
Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and decay destroy, and thieves break in and steal.
When I was a child, I used to frustrate my parents--so they told me later--because when asked what I wanted for Christmas, I would shrug and say that I couldn't think of anything. I told them that whatever they gave would be all right.
I don't share this so you can file it away in my canonization file: "Even as a child, she eschewed the false glitter of the world..." Far from it! I do have earthly treasures to which I cling. Mine are just experiences rather than things. I may try to hook spiritual rationales onto my wanderlust and curiosity. But, the truth is, they're as limited as any material object, and I need to regularly let Jesus remind me of that. It's not only things we can touch that can become false treasures, distracting us from the Lord, whose love never fades.
Loving God, teach me to treasure you above all else in life.
- Amy Welborn
2 Kings 11:1-4, 9-18, 20|Psalm 132:11-14, 17-18|Matthew 6:19-23