By: Maggie Leonard
Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21
Reflection—v. 19, ‘Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth…’
Charity, prayer, and fasting are all about letting go–letting go of things, of worries and control, of injustice. What Jesus encourages and instructs us to do literally requires us to not ‘store up’ things. When we keep things for ourselves, those same things demand more of our attention. We have to ensure that they do not break. We must keep them well-maintained. And, above all, we they must remain in our possession. To do all this, we have to consume even more. And, sure enough, our hearts start to align with the places where we put our energy. In letting go, we invest in heaven. In storing up, we invest in things. The Christian paradox of investment is that in letting go–letting go of prestige, acknowledgement, status, and things–we find the authentic treasure. Through charity, prayer, and fasting, Jesus’ call to faithful living is just that–a call to live… now.
Prayer Jesus, align my heart more and more with justice, as I let go of the things I have been storing up for myself.