Scripture: 1st Reading: 2Cor4,7-15; Resp. Psalm: Ps116,10-11,15-18; Gosp. Accl.: Phil2,15-16; Gospel: Mt5,27-32
A treasure is a dream-come-true acquisition. A treasure is a priceless thing that we oftentimes obtain after much of a life-long struggle, sacrifices and self deprivations that task and stretch our human capacities to the limits. That is why we value treasures and secure them very well once we succeed to acquire them. And that is why if we are not careful, these treasures oftentimes become our masters and reduce us to slaves.
There is however a greater treasure that the word of God mentions today. That is the priceless treasure of the mission of Jesus that is entrusted to every believer. That treasure contains everything Jesus said and did, the mystery of His entire person, His life, death, resurrection, ascension and His coming back in glory at the end of time. God, the risk taker, entrusts to and secures that treasure in mortal human beings!
God, the eternal, almighty, ever living One, entrusts the mysteries of the kingdom, the unspeakable riches of His glory and majesty not to angels or other heavenly spirits, but to mere, vacillating, mortals that we are! He did this to show clearly that the transcendent power belongs to Him, not to us. Thus even in our mortal frailty, we experience affliction, perplexity, persecution, but are never led into despair.
In spite of our mortal nothingness in the face of such a great commission, the work of Christ continues in us. We believe in Him; we share our faith with those who do not believe; we bring souls into the presence of the risen and glorified Lord; the grace that God gives through us redounds to thanksgiving, to the praise of God. What a beautiful life that of a Christian is! What priceless is such life that holds the treasures of the mysteries of our awesome God within it.
That is why we must guard the life of faith jealously. We must preserve it all the time from the corruption of sin. Our Lord mentioned two of these in today's gospel passage. He taught on the sins of adultery and divorce. Our Lord transcended the prescriptions of the Mosaic law in these two cases. Our Lord extended the prohibition of adultery to include lustful looking at a woman and vice versa.
Our Lord charged us to place a guard over our eyes so that they do not lead us to sin. He also extended the law of divorce that one cannot divorce his wife on any pretext but only on the ground of un-chastity. To marry a divorced woman is to commit adultery. Our Lord said these to make us realize the sublime place of honour our discipleship has placed us in the realm of the divine. He cautioned us to understand that we should do nothing to jeopardize that supreme advantage that we have!
As we begin this new day by reflecting on these priceless treasure of the word of God, let us give an assent of our wills to it. Let us allow the word to play it's ordained part in our lives.
Let us pray: God our Father, you are the risk taker. You place your priceless treasure in earthenware vessels that we are. Support us in this mission. Lead our steps away from sin. Lead us back to you. Amen.
May the Living Word of God find a true dwelling place within our hearts and souls today and always. Have a blessed Friday.