Meditation:Jesus used the images of treasure and eyesight to covey the hidden truth of God’s kingdom. What Jesus said about treasure made perfect sense to his audience: keep what lasts! Aren’t we all trying to find the treasure which brings security and happiness? Jesus contrasts two very different kinds of wealth — material and spiritual goods. Jesus urges his disciples to get rich by investing in that which truly lasts, not just for a life-time, but for all eternity. How attainable is this heavenly treasure and can we enjoy it now, or must we wait for it in the after-life? The treasure of God’s kingdom is both a present and future reality for those who seek it. What is this treasure which Jesus offers so freely? It is the joy of knowing the living God, being united with him, and receiving the inheritance of an imperishable kingdom — a kingdom of peace, joy, and righteousness. Since one’s whole life is directed by that which he most values, to set one’s heart on heavenly treasure will be to enter into a deeper and richer life with God. Which treasure do you seek, earthly or heavenly treasure?
Jesus also used the image of eyesight to convey an important spiritual
principle. Bad eyesight is often used as a metaphor for stupidity and spiritual
blindness. (For examples, see Matt. 15:14, 23:16 ff.; John 9:39-41; Ro.
2 2:19; II Peter 1:9; and Revelations 3:17.) The eye is the windowof
the heart, mind, and “inner being” of a person. If
is clouded, dirty, or marred in any manner, the light will be deflected
and diminished. Just so with the “inner being” of a
How we “see” affects the “inner life”,
“heart”, and “soul” of an individual.
What can blind or distort our “vision” of what is true,
good, lovely, pure
and everlasting (Phil. 4:8)? Certainly prejudice, jealousy, and
cause distortion or blindness. Prejudice destroys good judgment
blinds us to the facts and to their significance for us. Jealousy
makes us distrustful and suspicious of others and distorts our ability
to accurately examine the facts. We need to fearlessly examine
to see if we are living according to right principles or if we might be
misguided by prejudice or some other conceit. Love is not jealous
...but rejoices with the truth (1 Cor. 13:4-6). Do you rejoice in what
is right and good and do you live your life in the light
of God’s truth?
This reflection is courtesy of Don Schwager, whose website is located at: http://www.rc.net/wcc/readings/