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June 18, 2021

Daily Reflection for Friday, June 18, 2021
 

Peace and Blessings, Friends and Parishioners,

We encourage you to reflect on Friday’s readings at this link:
https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/061821.cfm

If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First Reading :2 Corinthians 11:18, 21-30
Responsorial :Psalms 34:2-7
Gospel: Matthew 6:19-23

Our reflection on Friday’s reading:
But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor decay destroys, nor thieves break in and steal.  Matthew 13:20

What does it mean to store up treasures in heaven?  I think that I received a beautiful object lesson of this gospel while staying with my mom a few weeks ago.  At 98, some of Mom’s family memories are starting to fade but at mealtime it was obvious that at the core of her being is a relationship with Jesus that is her stored treasure in heaven.  Mom’s prayers are like a conversation with an old friend that include praise, thankfulness, gratitude and urgent requests for many in need.  As I reflected on Mom’s prayers, these requests, this relationship are all a lifetime of treasures that cannot decay or be stolen and are an essential part of who she is.  These treasures are not memories but rather a state of being, a spirit, a coexistence with God that each breath reminds her that God is working in her life.

She often laments that she is still here to which I always say that God must not be finished with you yet.  Now I can say that she is here to help her youngest son with his monthly reflections! 

I am grateful for relationships with my creator, family, friends, parishioners, reflection writers and reflection readers to name a few.  These relationships are more that just a stream of memories, for memories can be taken from us.  Relationships are central to our well-being. they imply that we are caring for others or they are caring for us.  They are indeed treasures that we store up in heaven.

Sit with an old friend today and recognize it for the eternal treasure that it truly is.

May the eternal treasure of Christ be with you always.

Paul Gunn

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