Treasures in Heaven

Reflection for the House of Saint Matthew
Saint Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology
October 6, 2015

treasure1Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and decay destroy, and thieves break in and steal. But store up treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor decay destroys, nor thieves break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be. 
– Matthew 6:19-21

Our treasures reveal our hearts.

We invest our time, our energy, and our money into those things which are valuable to us. We invest our hearts into our treasures. If we want to know what our treasures are, we need only to look to where we are investing our time, our energy, and our money. We look to what our hearts are set on.

Our treasures reveal our hearts. What are our treasures? What are our hearts set on?

Last week I was praying with this Scripture passage during Adoration. I was thinking of my own treasures, and what they reveal about my heart. I was asking what my heart should be set on. What are the treasures that will last? The virtues. My relationships with others. My relationship with the Lord.

The Lord.

I gazed upon the Lord on the altar with this question, and a new question emerged.

Where is the Lord’s heart?

I pondered this for several minutes. Then, the answer came to me. I was staring at the answer.

His heart is on the altar.

His heart is in the monstrance. His heart is alone in the tabernacle in the late hours of the night and the early hours of the morning, waiting for someone to visit. His heart is broken in the bread that is fractured upon the altar. His heart bleeds into the chalice held by the hands of the priest as he utters those words, “This is my Blood”. Why?

Because he is like us in all things but sin. And like us, Jesus invests his heart in his treasure.

He invests his heart in you.

His heart, hidden under the appearance of bread, is now hidden in you who received him at Mass today. His heart, pierced on the cross by the soldier’s lance, bled into the chalice from which you drank.

For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.

Our treasures reveal our hearts. His heart is hidden in his treasures. And Jesus, as God, stores up treasures that will last. By investing his heart in you, he is storing up treasures in Heaven.