When we think about our faith we are challenged to reflect on how it has an impact in our lives. Where do we place the most value or importance?
It is easy to fall into a trap of thinking of the things that we really need… a bigger house, a nicer holiday, some new clothes. These things can be alluring to us and tempt us to think that they are truly what we need rather than simply what we want. It is a really good challenge to put things back in perspective in the week ahead.
In the Gospel reading this week we hear about a man who asks Jesus – “what do I need to do to get to have eternal life?” He says that he simply needs to lead a good life and follow the commandments. The man seemed pretty chuffed by this as he seemed to tick the boxes and do what was expected.
I imagine, it what may well be a Columbo moment, Jesus says one more thing “go and sell everything you own and give the money to the poor”. He goes away crestfallen as Jesus has just asked him to do the one thing he would find impossible as a rich man. His money and possessions were his “true treasure”.
We can sometimes get hung up on the things we have and it’s fine to like some things that are precious to us. But we can’t become obsessed with our material things – perhaps our houses, cars, holidays, clothes… if we start putting these before the people we love and before God then we must have really lost the treasure right in front of our eyes.
A few thoughts for the week ahead.
- What can we do to catch ourselves when we get the balance wrong?
- How can we treasure and value what is most important to us and show it? Friends, Family, Faith…
- What can we do to try and not always want more for ourselves?
- Is there a way we can give something to those who have nothing? Time, support, care or money…
Let’s treasure what we have and use our blessings to benefit the world around us in some small way.