Mass Readings: Acts 13:44-52/John 14:7-14

Treasures

May flowers remind me of when I lost my grandmother’s cameo brooch. After searching led nowhere, I turned to Scripture for comfort. Here’s what I found: “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth” (Mt 6:19). What? That couldn’t mean me. I turned to another page: “No servant can serve two masters. . . . You cannot serve God and mammon” (Lk 16:13). Uh oh. I was too fond of my heirlooms. Painfully I “released” Grandmother’s cameo and other heirlooms to God and prayed that whoever found the brooch would enjoy it. Then I stepped outside and discovered God’s treasures: rhododendrons in glorious bloom — reds, pinks, purples.

They’ve never looked so brilliant as they did that day in May when I handed my treasures to God in order to better serve Him and also be free: a double blessing.

Prayer: Creator God, free me to place You first in my life, above all worldly treasures.