What Is Our True Hearts' Desire?
Friday of Week 11 in Ordinary Time - Cycle I
2 Cor. 11:18, 21-30 & Mt.6:19-23
It appears that others were trying to rival Saint Paul in Corinth and were boasting about their accomplishments. He had to speak up for himself and, but for this, we would never have known about his sufferings and disappointments. He was able to undergo all these hardships because Jesus was his heart’s desire.
Jesus tells us that where our treasure is, there also will be our hearts, because they set the course for our lives. He knows that as long as our hearts are fixed on the treasures of this world then we are lost. Those treasure are the love of money, position, status or honour. If we seek them here on Earth then we have exchanged the immortal for the mortal, the incorruptible for the corruptible, Heaven for Earth and life for death.
During His life on Earth Jesus taught us where true treasure lies. He knows we can easily be led astray from seeking these. He poured out His life so that in dying with Him it is possible for each one of us to rise with Him to a new life. Only the love of the Lord can satisfy our true hearts' desires. That was the conclusion the great Saint Augustine came to when he said, "God, you have made us for Yourself, and our hearts will only rest until they rest in You." He knew what he was talking about having sought his treasure and happiness in so many things that had nothing to do with God. In time he came to his senses and found there was no lasting satisfaction in any of them but only in God. The Lord has given us the freedom to choose our own path, to seek our own treasure.
Lord Jesus let us fix our eyes on You, the author and perfection of our faith. You will help us to see what is transient and what is eternal. Let us never forget that here on this Earth we have no lasting home but are pilgrims in this life, walking as children of God towards our Father.