Friday of the 11th Week of the Year

Matt 6:19-23

Treasure in Heaven


There was this elected leader who declared boisterously his love for the poor and the people, at first, believed him. One day, to everyone’s dismay, it was found out that all the while this supposed leader of the masses was actually robbing the state coffers and stealing from rich and poor alike. Properly enraged, the people revolted and eventually dethroned him.

“Where your treasure is, there also will your heart be,” says our gospel text for today. Indeed, no one can serve God and mammon at the same time, for in the end it shall be known where our true loyalties rest. It is, therefore, a wise person who keeps hanging on to the right priorities at all times, knowing that eternity is to be preferred to even the mist fulfilling temporalities.

Life is not necessarily fair, nor is it necessarily light and easy. For this reason Jesus commands us to walk the narrow road that will surely leads to life! (Bro. Romy Abulad, SVD Bible Diary 2002)


The poor people in the garbage dump taught me what real treasures are. The most important things in life, real treasures, are things we cannot or things that can be revealed to us only with the eyes of faith. The people taught me the dignity of honest living and what it means to struggle, yet remain steadfast in faith, hope, love and trust in God. I have often heard them say, “Kahit mahirap lang kami at nabubuhay lang sa basurahan, marangal naman ang aming hanapbuhay.” (“Even if we are poor and live in the garbage dump, at least we work with dignity.”) The gospel does not tell us to simply get rid of earthly treasures that have eternal value such as: human dignity, honesty and accountability, responsible stewardship, charity and abiding trust in God. More importantly, the gospel reminds us that every treasure is primarily God’s gift entrusted to us not so much to be owned as to be shared. This is a vocation of every missionary – to be able to share, with grateful and joyful heart, the Good news of the “eternal treasures.” (Fr. Jake R. Ferrer, SVD Bible Diary 2007)


My elder brother Nonoy was about seven years old when he took from home the bamboo alkansiya filled with coins and lost it in a playmate’s house. He got a good spanking from nanay who was so angry that she would have him ‘jailed’ for taking a thing not his own. Crying and scared, Nonoy begged to at least see tatay, who was at work at that time, before he would be turned over to ht authorities. But nanay could not wait. Nonoy pitifully begged, “I told you, I would like to see my father first.” At this last plea, nanay relented and brought him back home.

Nonoy’s taking of the alkansiya, like a thief, and losing it, perhaps, to another thief is one simple illustration of the discourse in today’s gospel on material treasure possessed and lost. It our times, this gospel becomes relevant because, like the people during those times who put a premium on clothes or metal wares and other valuables, we give way to our propensity to possess material things and become so preoccupied that we neglect the more important things God wants us to store and put our hearts on, like justice, love, forgiveness and kindness. The first reading also reminds us that non-material yet mundane things like power, control fame, can be lost. These provides us fleeting security and comfort.

Nonoy’s story taught me a lesson. He discovered a treasure greater than the alkansiya – tatay. He is all he needs to see and it would have been enough. He is his real treasure. May we all realize that it is not the things we store (or steal to store?) that should preoccupy our hearts but our tatay in heaven and the things He values. (Fr. Jong Biton, SVD Bible Diary 2008)


June 17, 2016 Friday

My sister once told me about her hardworking Chinese officemate who was obsessed with saving up money in the belief that it was the surest way for her to enjoy life after death. Jesus teaches us that we cannot bring with us to the next life any of our earthly material possessions.

In the Gospel reading, Jesus asks us to store up treasures in heaven. Such treasures – for example, acts of kindness, mercy, love and compassion – can never be destroyed nor taken away from us. When we selessly share with others what we have, we find the deeper meaning and purpose of our life. When we realize that every human being is a child of God and is, therefore, our brother or sister, we come to understand what truly matters in the eyes of God and what endures beyond our earthly life. The Chilean saint San Alberto Hurtado affirmed with conviction: “The poor is Christ.” San Alberto spent his life and all his energy to love and serve Christ whom he saw in every poor person he met. When we love, we overcome our fear of losing ourselves because we believe what Jesus has promised us: “Whoever loses his life for my sake will nd it.” Our treasure that will last for all eternity is the total giving of ourselves in love so that others can have a better life. Where is your heart right now? What kind of treasures are you storing up in your daily life? (Fr. Edwin Fernandez, SVD DWC, Laoag Bible Diary 2016)


June 22, 2012

St. Paulinus of Nola, bishop

St. John Fisher, bishop and martyr; St. Thomas More, martyr
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Friday of the 11th Week

2 Kgs 11:1-4, 9-18, 20
Ps 132
Mt 6:19-23

Treasure in Heaven

[Jesus said to his disciples,] 19“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and decay destroy, and thieves break in and steal. 20But store up treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor decay destroys, nor thieves break in and steal. 21For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.

22“The lamp of the body is the eye. If your eye is sound, your whole body will be filled with light; 23but 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.”


Store up treasures in heaven. There is no security in material wealth, no salvation in worldly possessions. All material things are perishable; they are lost, worn out, or made useless. Only heavenly treasures last forever and assure us of eternal life with God. The letter of St. James says, “Come now, you rich, weep and wail over your impending miseries. Your wealth has rotted away, your clothes have become moth-eaten, your gold and silver have corroded, and that corrosion will be a testimony against you; it will devour your flesh like a fire. You have stored up treasure for the last days” (Jas 5:1-3).

Jesus tells us to store up treasures in heaven. We are to fix our eyes on God. Our heart must always be set on God as the center of our interest and the summit of our life. God should be our first choice. Our words and actions should please God and be in accordance to God’s will. What we do here on earth should lead us to God and to the heavenly treasure.

Since the lamp of the body is the eye, let us see with the eyes of faith that it is God whom we need in this life. We must rely on God, placing our trust in his providential care. Let us remember that to be with God in heaven is our goal.

What do you consider your treasures?
Are you storing up treasures for eternal life?


One Bread, One Body – Reflection for June 19, 2015


“If your light is darkness, how deep will the darkness be!” –Matthew 6:23

Have you ever been in a room illuminated only by a black light? Such a room is very dimly lit. Everything that’s white shows up, such as teeth and white socks. Dark objects are barely visible. It’s difficult to see how things interrelate. Picture the same room with the black light replaced by a hundred-watt bulb. Now that the room is brightly lit, it’s easy to see and understand the proper relationship of all objects in the room.

Jesus describes a similar situation in today’s Gospel. In modern society, we are bombarded with the values of a secular humanistic culture which disregards God. If we allow our minds and consciences to be formed by such ungodly input, then our “light is darkness,” in fact, a “deep” darkness (Mt 6:23). Like the person in black light, everything that is true can be seen, but not properly recognized. For example, it’s a simple biological truth that abortion is murder. Yet to one whose light is darkness, this fact might be evident but not interrelated to the truth that all human life is sacred. One can’t see clearly in the black light; the “light is darkness.”

What programs do you watch? What do you listen to? Would Jesus say your eyes are good or bad? (Mt 6:22-23) Repent of focusing on the world’s input. Instead, read Scripture and the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Be immersed in Jesus, for He has called us “from darkness into His marvelous light” (1 Pt 2:9).

PRAYER: Jesus, may I never prefer the darkness to You (Jn 3:19; 8:12). Help me to follow You always and be in the light (Jn 8:12).

PROMISE: “Look to Him that you may be radiant with joy, and your faces may not blush with shame.” –Ps 34:6

PRAISE: During a period of spiritual dryness, St. Romuald was praying Psalm 32 and read the following verse: “I will instruct you and show you the way you should walk; I will counsel you” (Ps 32:8). With that, God gave him a deep understanding of His love.


FRIDAY OF THE 11TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR B) – MATEO 6:19-23. UNSA MAY ATONG GIISIP NGA BAHANDI SA KINABUHI? Ang tawo dali ra madani sa bahanding kalibotanon sama sa kwarta, balay, sakyanan, ug alahas. Dili man sayop ang paghupot og mga butang nga sama niini kon kini atong kab-oton sa saktong paagi, huptan sa igong gidaghanon, ug gamiton sa maayong tumong. Apan, adunay mga tawo nga mahungog sa mga butang kalibotanon ug tungod niini mahimo silang tikasan, bintahuso, laog, ug kawatan. Dili kini angay’ng mahitabo kanato. Mas maayo pa nga atong sundon ang gisugo ni Kristo nga mao ang pagtigum og mga bahanding langitnon, sama sa kaayo ug kamanggihatagon, kay kini dili madugta ug dili mawala. Sakto si Oscar Wilde sa iyang pag-ingon: “Ordinary riches can be stolen; real riches cannot. In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you.” Posted by Abet Uy


REAL WEALTH – “But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven… For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” – Matthew 6:20-21

Dad was a big spender when we kids were young. He liked buying things for himself and for the family. He acquired a lot of things over the years like jars, plants, a large collection of Broadway musical Betamax tapes, an extensive selection of classical music, a then very hi-tech stereo, and other nice-to-have items. Dad took pride in these “treasures” and was very particular about taking care of them. But when Dad met God in the Renewal, these riches were replaced by the joy of serving the Lord with his family, bringing other families closer to God, and having friends who shared the faith. His possessions did not matter much anymore.

When Dad died, we found that all his personal belongings fit into one big plastic bin. He didn’t keep any of the wonderful things he had collected over the years. He had given them all away.

Jesus in the Gospel today tells us to be mindful of the treasures we acquire. As we go through this life, let us be sure to spend our time collecting good memories, meaningful experiences, and lasting friendships. Let us do good, love the poor, share His Word, and stand up for what is right. The storehouses of heaven can hold all these and more.Geraldine G. Catral (

Reflection: What does my heart hold as true treasure?

Dearest Lord, You are my Treasure of treasures. Dwell in my heart today.


Thursday, June 16, 2016

Reflection for June 17, Friday of the Eleventh Week in OT; Matthew 6:19-23

Reflection: There were two friends named Romeo and Lito. Romeo was a man of the world, he was very obsessed on getting rich. He engaged in business spending a major portion of his time thinking how he could further grow it. He was very successful at it because he ended up as one the richest in their town. He was a very busy man and due to his busyness God was never part of his life.

Lito was the exact opposite of George; he was not obsessed with getting rich. He was content with his job in the government. He was a very pious man, doesn’t miss to worship Jesus at Mass and he was a helpful presence in their community.

Eventually both of them died, Lito had a smooth transition towards heaven but Romeo was not as fortunate. He was denied entry by Saint Peter for he stored treasures on earth where moth and decay destroys and thieves break in and steal.

Whether we admit it or not majority of us are people of this world, we are so concerned with our materials wellbeing and the exterior impression that others would have on us. We forget that what we have in this world are all temporary. It’s like “Chasing the wind” so to speak. All these material things that we have right now will eventually slip from our hands sooner or later.

What is important is we store up treasures in heaven.  Where neither moth nor decay destroys, nor thieves break in and steal. This is best exemplified by being always connected with God and by doing acts of mercy and love.

Let us always bear in mind that all of us are just passersby in this world, this is not our permanent dwelling. Thus we have to put forward God first before anything that is from this world. – Marino J. Dasmarinas


Friday of the 11th Week in Ordinary Time

2 Kgs 11: 1-4, 9-18. 20; Mt 6: 19-23

The Real Treasure

Once during the persecution against Christians in Rome, the Roman soldiers entered a Church to loot the treasures they believed the church possessed. They asked deacon Laurentius, “Show us the treasures in your church”. Laurentius pointed out at the widows and orphans who were being fed, the sick who were being nursed, the poor whose needs were being supplied, and told, “These are the treasures of the church”.

There is a saying, “Live always thinking of your end times”. It is after death that we are going to enjoy the treasures that we collect during our life. So the question is “Do we collect treasures for heaven or are we collecting them for enjoying here on earth?” A Spanish saying has it, “there are no pockets in a shroud”. Alexander the great asked his ministers to spread his empty hands outward when he would be lying in coffin to point out to the people that “even Alexander the Great was not carrying anything from this world into the next.”

The real treasures that we can deposit in heaven are our good character, moments of prayer, kind actions, and consoling words. Dr. Jacob Marangattu CMI


See Today’s Readings:  Year I,   Year II

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