Hidden Treasures

Then he told them a parable.
“There was a rich man whose land produced a bountiful harvest.
He asked himself, ‘What shall I do,
for I do not have space to store my harvest?’
And he said, ‘This is what I shall do:
I shall tear down my barns and build larger ones.
There I shall store all my grain and other goods
and I shall say to myself, “Now as for you,
you have so many good things stored up for many years,
rest, eat, drink, be merry!”’
But God said to him,
‘You fool, this night your life will be demanded of you;
and the things you have prepared, to whom will they belong?’
Thus will it be for the one who stores up treasure for himself
but is not rich in what matters to God.”

from Luke 12


Am I rich in what matters to God? 

My oldest son was home from college this past weekend. My wife and I had several things going on already, but we tried to carve out some time to just be present to him. That is hard when you have a 19-year-old. Time in many young adult minds is about doing something. You can’t have time to just be. That is seen as a waste of time. But luckily, wings and NFL football is pretty close to doing something. Wouldn’t trade that time for anything.

Am I rich in what matters to God?

I was fighting either a virus or a bad cold over the weekend and it worried me since this week I am traveling, speaking 6 times, and debuting my book in Chicago. My wife and I contemplated I skip Mass on Sunday morning to rest and gain strength. I decided that my strength was in the Eucharist so I dragged myself to Mass, even if I ran out during the closing song.

Am I rich in what matters to God?

When we think of riches, we think money and material goods. It is a logically understanding. But when we hear the parable that Jesus tells in today’s Gospel, we realize that riches in the eyes of God are quite something different. But so many times those riches that matter are right in front of our eyes in everyday occurrences and we don’t reflect on them because they don’t always stand out. Watching football with the family seems so minor compared to attending Mass. However, we minimize them both in different ways. When was the last time you really paused to think about your decision to attend Mass on any given day? When people are sometimes asked why Catholics attend Mass every Sunday, especially by their own children, they respond, “That’s just what we do.” But that’s not just what we do! We have made a decision that moves us to this action. But it cannot transform us unless we can reflect and make that decision intentionally.

This past Sunday I intentionally made the decision to go to Mass, but I need to do that every time. I intentionally spent time with my son, but how many times do I miss an opportunity to be someone I love and cherish. Time with God and time with family are instances that just happen and then pass away. They can become treasures. If you don’t intentionally and mindfully do these things, then you will never notice just how rich you have become.

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