June 22, 2018
For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be. (Matthew 6:19-23)
As is the case with all scripture, there are multiple ways of interpreting this passage from the Gospel of Matthew. I will look at it from two perspectives.
First, from a “put your money where your mouth is” perspective. You can learn so much about people by looking at how they spend their money…or “treasure.”
For instance, if you examined how Carol and I spend our money (as limited as those funds may be), you’d be able to make certain assumptions about us: They must have grandchildren – there is a good amount of cash going toward toys and kid clothes. Someone must be a football fan – they are willing to pay (too much) for DirectTV NFL Sunday Ticket. These people are hungry, like movies, and are lazy – based on monthly date nights to Flix Brewhouse, where they watch a movie and have dinner brought to their seat.
You would also be able to assume, based on the financial support we offer, that we value Catholic education, our parish, and human dignity (a variety of pro-life causes).
Second, the gospel passage speaks to us from a “how do you spend your time?” perspective. I think this type of expenditure paints an even clearer picture of what we value. Writing a check is often the easy part; spending time shows a greater commitment.
So the gospel asks, “How do you spend your time?” How much of your time is spent on satisfying your own needs? How much is spent on the needs of God? Of others?
You might declare, “I go to Mass every week!” I commend you for that…thank you.
However, there are 168 hours in a week. What are you doing the other 167 hours?