Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

June 22, 2012

Kellen O'Neill

Sophomore, Biology Major, Business Minor, Pre-Med

2 Kgs 11:1-4, 9-18, 20
Ps 132:11, 12, 13-14, 17-18
Matt 6:19-23

“For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be” – Matthew 6: 21

Jesus calls us in today’s Gospel to set our list of priorities straight, so that we put our love and faith into the one thing that is everlasting and unchanging: our God. Whatever we place the most value on in our lives ends up on the top of our priority list and becomes our “treasure”. Although Jesus asks us to “store up treasures in heaven”, our increasingly secular world often tells us we should value earthly and material things instead. I often find myself falling into this trap when some sort of gadget such as my phone or computer doesn’t work and I catch myself feeling ridiculously upset and frustrated because I realize that I become too dependent on these material things that are prone to breaking and failing me from time to time. Sometimes I also notice myself placing my studies and grades before prayer because the world makes it seem like obtaining a good job is the ultimate goal. Placing something in this world at the top of our priority list does not make sense because the world is not constant, and we will not be living in this world until the end of time. God, however, is constant, and he wants our hearts, so we may be able to live with him forever in heaven.

In order to help put God into proper perspective in our daily lives, it is important that we incorporate him into our daily lives. We can do this through a variety of ways including Mass, daily prayer, adoration, the rosary, and simply noticing how God is acting in our lives throughout the day. It is also important to have people in our lives that are also placing their “treasure” in heaven, so that we have a support system to lean on as we strive to always keep God at the top of our priority list. Let's all strive to live our lives in a way that shows the world that our greatest treasure is our loving, everlasting God.

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