In his Sermon on the Mount Jesus contrasted earthly treasures that moth and rust can consume and that thieves can break in and steal with treasures stored up in heaven where neither moth nor rust consumes and thieves do not break in and steal. We know that thieves do not break into heaven to steal the treasures there.
Just what kind of treasures might those be in heaven that cannot be consumed by moth or rust, and cannot be stolen by thieves? I pondered on this. In the silence of my meditation I heard with the ears of my heart God saying to me, “Remember all of those things that brought you joy, the mountains and hills, the lakes and forests. I have made them. They are my gifts to you. Remember also all of the people you have loved, those you have come to love, those with whom you have shared companionship and experiences. They, too, are my gifts to you.” I came to realize that those things are all part of the treasure I have in heaven. The memory of those things cannot be taken from me.
From at least the age of 3 years old or younger I have memories of summers spent at Priest Lake, Idaho; of the mountains that surround the lake, and the forests; of the lake itself. I carry all of these in my mind as God’s gifts.
When we are praying the Divine Office in chapel some verses in the Psalms remind me of other places in God’s Creation. (e. g. Ps. 95:4-5. “In his hand are the caverns of the earth, and the heights of the hills are his also. The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands have molded the dry land.”) Some of these memories carry with them revelations of deep truths.
A significant memory that is one of my treasures is of the view from the Pali, the pass in the mountain ridge that runs through the Island of Oahu. (I saw this on one of my visits there.) Near the road was a viewpoint where I could see on all sides of me the vastness of the Pacific Ocean. I felt very small by comparison. When I think of that I think of the vastness of the Universe; and then of the vastness of God’s love. That points me to the Hope of Glory.
In our Gospel Reading we heard Jesus say, “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Where is your treasure? Pray that it will be in the right place!
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