Intention: For immigrant and refugee families in search of lives of peace and dignity, that citizens and governments will find the humility to be channels of God’s welcome, compassion, healing, and unity to them.
Today’s Gospel | Matthew 6:19-23
Jesus said to his disciples: “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and decay destroy, and thieves break in and steal. But store up treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor decay destroys, nor thieves break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.
“The lamp of the body is the eye. If your eye is sound, your whole body will be filled with light; but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be in darkness. And if the light in you is darkness, how great will the darkness be.”
From the Sixteenth Meditation for the Time of Retreat | Saint John Baptist de La Salle
Saint Paul complained because some of the Corinthians said that they belonged to Paul, while others said that they belonged to Apollo. He told them that each of them would receive his reward in proportion to his labor. This ought to make you realize that your happiness in heaven will be greater than what will be enjoyed by those who have worked only for their own salvation, and it will be much greater in proportion to the number of children you have instructed and won over to God.
Eternal Father, each day we work hard to build our lives. Sometimes, our possessions and our achievements begin to look to us like the meaning of our lives. In your plan, there are the things that are part of life and there are the things that give us life. Help us to know the difference. We give thanks for the real riches of truth and freedom, of peace, joy, and inspiration. Heal our blindness and open our eyes and hearts to the light of your saving presence. We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.