Step #1: Lectio / Read
Jesus said to his disciples:
“Do 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.
“The lamp of the body is the eye.
If your eye is sound, your whole body will be filled with light;
but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be in darkness.
And if the light in you is darkness, how great will the darkness be.”
Step #2: Meditatio / Meditate
Some people are annoying.
I don't think that's a particularly unChristian way of looking at the world. Sure, we've got to be kind and loving; we've got to be charitable to each person we meet. But, at the end of the day, some people are annoying. Specifically, there are those people who are always "up". Not positive, not optimistic, not joyful - those are excellent qualities to have all the time. But, these are those people who are always "up". If you've ever seen the classic movie, Mrs. Doubtfire, it's why Robin Williams gets in trouble; Sally Field complains that he "can't take anything seriously!"
Plenty of people in our time make the same mistake with Christianity. Plenty of people believe that Christianity is the religion of the nice, it's about Jesus rising from the dead, it's about glory, it's about kindness, and it's about being happy. Plenty of folks believe that Christianity is about living your dreams and letting God make you into the best version of yourself. Lots and lots of people believe that Christianity is about prosperity; these people believe that Christianity is about being "up" and for this reason, they "can't take anything seriously!"
The Jesus we encounter in today's Gospel doesn't seem to be "up". He makes it very clear for us that the core message of Christianity is a serious one. He says wherever your treasure is there will your heart be, and if this light in you is darkness, how great will the darkness be (Matthew 6:23).
Today's a great time to take a spiritual inventory. What do you do with your time? Who are your friends? What do you own? What do you watch, read, listen to? What do you consume? Jesus says pretty clearly, it's okay to be a little bit serious today. Is the light inside of us sacrifice, giving, mutual concern, non-violence? Is it the building up of others? Is our internal light prayer? If not, how great will the darkness be.
There are some people who believe Christianity is about being "up" and there are some people who believe Christianity is serious business.
Some people are annoying and some people are Saints
Step #3: Oratio / Pray
What do you do with your free time?
What sorts of friendships and relationships do you foster? Do you have friends or accomplices?
Where is your treasure? What is it you deeply value?
What is your inner light?
Step #4: Contemplatio / Contemplate
Where your treasure is, there will your heart be.
For The Rest of Your Day...
As you go through the day, be intentional. Let the things that actually matter matter. And the things that don't, don't.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Rev. Jonathan Bakkelund, Diocesan Director of Divine Worship, and Parochial Administrator of St. Peter's in Geneva.
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