Faith Daily | 18 June 2021
PRAYER of the DAY - PENTECOST APBA p552
we beseech you to keep your family, the Church,
in continual godliness,
that through your protection
it may be free from all adversities,
and devoutly given to serve you in good works,
to the glory of your name;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
GOSPEL for the Day: Matthew 6: 19 - 23
19 ‘Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal; 20but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
22 ‘The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light; 23but 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!
GOSPEL Reflection: Contributed by: Peter Brady
Today's reading is one of many stories or parables about money in Matthew's Gospel. This is not surprising as he was a tax collector before becoming one of Jesus' disciples. So he was very familiar with the pursuit of earthly riches but when he met Jesus he realised there was another treasure on offer - a share of an imperishable kingdom of peace, joy and righteousness. Faced with a choice between the two, Matthew wisely chose the latter.
Jesus then uses metaphors to explain that a person can be measured by what they consider important. Is their heart (and vision) true or distorted by prejudice, jealousy or self-conceit? Prejudice destroys good judgment and blinds us to the facts and to their significance for us. Jealousy makes us distrustful and suspicious of others and distorts our ability to accurately examine the facts. Self-conceit convinces us we have supreme authority over our lives and need no-one else. Once again, when faced with these options, Matthew chose wisely.
What must we do to choose wisely? Quite simply, follow the instructions of Jesus. Submit to God, give freely, pray and fast in private, forgive, share the Gospel, love your enemies and endure insult and persecution. Do these and we live in the light of God's truth and receive a share in His kingdom.
Lord, Your word is life for us.
Fill us with Your light and truth
and give us an understanding of Your ways.
Free us from all that is false, illusory, ugly and unloving.
Let our hearts know only one treasure - the joy and bliss of union with You –
Father, Son and Holy Spirit.