What do we treasure?

Sunday, August 7, 2022 | By Rev. Michael P. Hanifin

Readings: WIS 18: 6-9; PS 33: 1, 12, 18-19, 20-22; HEB 11: 1-2, 8-19; LK 12:32-48 or LK 12:35-40

On this Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, today’s readings challenge us to ask this important question and to reflect upon it.

The question is this: “What do we treasure?” Of course, we all know the “right” answer: we treasure our faith, our family, and our friendships. But Jesus tells us in the Gospel passage from Luke how we can discover the real answer to this question. He says, “For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.”

To discern what we really treasure and what is the important thing in our lives that we cannot live without, we need to examine our hearts. We might ask ourselves, “Where do I spend most of my energy? Where do I find my thoughts dwelling? How do I choose to spend my time when I find myself with a few spare moments? What do my spending habits reveal about my what is truly important to me?”

God has abundantly blessed us, and we have many things to be truly thankful for. As committed Catholic Christians, we are called to live our lives in grateful response to all that God has given us. Do I recognize and treasure these God-given gifts?