Cycle C

Good News C37

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

 Luke 12:32-48 New American Bible

Luke 12:32-48 New International Version Bible Gateway

 

Luke 12:34 “For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.”

 

Can you build a treasure on both sides: both on earth and in heaven?  Everyone loves to find a treasure.  A treasure is what you have collected over the years of your life.  A treasure can be wealth, such as money and jewels, highly prized art, and items that are precious to the owner.  God has instant treasure reserve.  What you do on earth immediately is stored in your treasure fund in the sky.

God will ask you how you have shared the love he gives to you with other people.  He will not have to ask you anything.  He will know how many times you let your sister choose a game to play.  He will know how many times you helped your brother with his homework instead of making fun of how much he didn’t know.  He will know how many candy bars you broke in half and shared with your cousins or the neighbor across the street.  He will know how many times you held the door open for the people coming through the doorway behind you.  He will know that you took out the garbage for your parents without complaining. 

He will know that you love him more than anything on this earth.  He will know when you put the only quarter you have in the collection basket for the poor.  He will know how you controlled your temper and counted to ten instead of hitting, screaming, or throwing a book at someone.  He will know that you used your snack money to buy paper for the homeless child in your class.  He will know that you gave your old clothes and toys to Goodwill Industries, the Kidney Foundation, Crisis Assistance Ministry, or other groups whose mission is to help those less fortunate than them. 

God knows his people.  You are one of his people.  He knows you.  He knows your heart is focused on him.  God is the one true treasure.  Keep your eyes, your arms, your feet focused on God.  He will reward you with an unbelievable treasure in heaven. 

God sent his only Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross to save you from your sins so that you can get into heaven.  He has given you the key to heaven.  This love he has given you is your key to heaven.  All you have to do is love God with your whole body, your whole heart, and your whole mind and love your neighbors as yourself.  Love is the key. 

Perhaps God will build a mansion for you in the sky.  Each time you do something out of your love for him, he will put another brick, or add a piece of furniture for you.  The prophet, Elijah was taken up to heaven in a Chariot of Fire so that his enemies wouldn’t harm his body upon his death.  My husband wants a Cadillac.  Maybe God is building a special Cadillac for him to cruise around heaven.  It could be that you just want a beach house by the ocean. Hmm...maybe you want a new set of clothes and shoes that sparkle. God can handle that.  For when you get to heaven you will have everything you need to be happy.

Draw a picture of the treasure God will give you when you get to heaven.  I think the greatest treasure you could ever receive is seeing and being with God, your almighty Father. 

Say the “Our Father” and ask God to give you patience and knowledge, and wisdom to store up treasures of love and forgiveness so that you will be able to enter into the kingdom of God.  When you are with God, you will have everything you need to be happy. 

 

“Our Father, who art in Heaven,

Hallowed be Thy name.

Thy kingdom come.

Thy will be done,

On earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day, our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

As we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  Amen.”

                                                                                           

 

 

Copyright © 2004 Joan Y. Edwards