Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal; but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light; but if your eye is unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!
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Jesuit St. Aloysius Gonzaga grew up in a noble family. Against strenuous pressure he gave up his inheritance and entered the Society of As I rush from one task to another today, how is my heart generous and my spirit open?
Jesus in 1585. He hoped to go to the missions. But, while still a theology student in Rome, he offered to serve the sick and dying in 1591 when a virulent plague broke out in Rome. He himself caught the plague and died three months later.
In today’s gospel Jesus cautions against attachment to our earthly treasure and “stuff”. After all, so often “life happens” when we have other plans. In the end it is the wealth of a generous heart and open spirit that makes all the difference.
—The Jesuit Prayer Team
Lord, help us to be aware of those times when we are more stingy than generous. Create in us a heart of abundance. Let our generosity be motivated by our desire to love more completely. Deepen our conviction that true wealth is rooted in our relationship with you. And grant us the grace to spend more time with you so we can be more authentic and more effective in our service to others.
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