October 17, 2016
St. Ignatius of Antioch
Thus will it be for the one who stores up treasure for himself but is not rich in what matters to God.
My parents and grandparents left behind boxes and boxes of letters and photographs. They left record albums and books. I wonder sometimes about my generation and, even more so, those that follow. Most of our communication is digital and exists only as a series of 0s and 1s. So it is with our music, our photographs and even our books.
I might not be leaving behind as much physical material, but is that even important?
Today we celebrate the memorial of St. Ignatius of Antioch, who was marched across Asia Minor to be executed in Rome for his faith in Christ. As he traveled, the prisoner wrote letters. His tone is confident and even joyful. His trust in Jesus is complete; his conviction of the truth rings from the page. That's what he left behind. What is true and what lasts. A treasure.
Jesus, may I be mindful of what I store up and mindful of the witness I will leave behind.
- Amy Welborn
Ephesians 2:1-10|Psalm 100:1-5|Luke 12:13-21