June 22, 2012

HOMILY for Fri 11th Week OT (II)

2 Kgs 11:1-4. 9-18. 20; Ps 131; Matt 6:19-23

“Lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven… For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also”. 

A typical reading of this, I think, is fairly clear and somewhat moralistic: what we really value is shown by what we desire most, and the Lord tells us to value enduring things, to desires those, and so, to build them up. For money and material possessions cannot secure lasting happiness in the way that friendship, familial love, and virtue does. 

However, given that today is the Octave day of the Sacred Heart, it occurred to me that today’s Gospel can also be read from a different perspective, from Jesus’ viewpoint. For, Christ surely practices what he preaches. So, what is the treasure that he, God, lays up in his Sacred Heart? 

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