Where is your Treasure? (Lk 12:22-34)
Ordinary Human beings are concerned about their day-to-day life and thrive on their instincts. Their survival instincts seem to guide their daily actions. As a result, they go to work and earn a living. They go to bed thinking of what to eat the following day, they rise on the following day and begin to work to earn and to take care of the family. They are worried and anxious, if they lose their job or are not able to earn well for the family. In the Gospel, our Lord speaks to the crowd the parable of the Rich Fool who was growing richer day by day as his land produced abundantly. He was greedy and wanted to build larger barns to store all his grain and his goods. He thought he could be happy for the rest of his life with the wealth that he could store in his barns and said to his soul: “‘Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry’. But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life is being demanded of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’” He was not able to enjoy the fruit of his wealth as he thought only about himself. Through the parable of the Rich Fool, Jesus exhorts his audience that their fate would be same if they store up treasures only for themselves and are not rich toward God. They would end up losing their soul.
After having explained clearly about one’s need to take care of one’s soul and prepare for eternal life, he tells his disciples not to worry about their life, what they will eat, or about their body, what they will wear. God, who takes care of the birds of the air will surely provide for human beings who are more precious before God than the birds. Human beings are created in God’s own image and likeness. We have read in the newspapers, how the people in Europe threw out their wealth/money from their windows, as they were nearing their death due to Covid-19. They knew that their wealth is not able to save their life on earth. They were deeply distressed and felt utterly helpless. They could not come out of their rooms and even speak to anyone. They could not get admitted in the hospitals as no bed was available. They did not get proper treatment, even though they could afford the best treatment. Many lost their lives in utter solitude and pain.
The teaching of our Lord is very clear: “do not keep striving for what you are to eat and what you are to drink, and do not keep worrying”. God the Father knows that we need the essential commodities. We are asked to do only one thing: strive for his Kingdom and everything else will be take care of. God is pleased to give us his Kingdom. If we are going to get the highest good possible, why should we be attached to the things of this world? Jesus tells us to sell all the possessions and give alms. Let our life’s treasury be filled with all the virtuous things that no thief will take it away from us. If we truly treasure a life in communion with God the Father in eternity, let us not gather up wealth on earth. To leave one’s attachment to the things of this world and to be attached to the Lord of the Universe is the call of every Christian. We can’t serve two masters. Either we love one and hate the other or be devoted to one and despise the other. Those who love the world, might hate the Lord and his followers, as Jesus himself was hated by the world. We do not belong to the world, but to the Lord.
If we do business on earth and try to make profits, we might fail one day. Business may not always yield profit. There could be loss as well. At times, the loss could be such that all that one has earned in life could be lost in a day. However, our Lord reminds us that every good that we do on earth, add up to our treasure in heaven, it will not fail us. It will help us to enjoy eternal bliss. It is for everyone to decide where one should gather his wealth: in heaven or on earth? “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also”. We will be worried and tensed if we try to make profit on earth and lose our soul. On the other hand, we will be happy and tension-free, if we detach ourselves from this worldly pleasures and work towards the kingdom of God. May the Lord’s teachings guide our hearts to work for His Kingdom. Amen!