Friday, the 11th week of Ordinary Time
Mass at noon: Tuesday, - Friday
Saturday at 5:00 - Sunday at 9:00, 11:15am
When the people gather for prayer, all are welcome.
Saint of the day - Thomas More
Readings for today’s Mass
I remember when I was in my early twenties I took a vacation with my family (fully funded by my parents) to an island in Mexico. Our main activity on this trip was to go scuba diving. I befriended a deckhand on our dive boat who offered to take me to some places off the beaten path, places the average tourist didn’t get to experience. We cruised around the tropical paradise in an ancient Volkswagen Beetle that I was afraid wouldn’t start half the time leaving us stranded in the middle of the Island. Part of our excursion included stopping at my new friend’s home where I was slightly surprised by his living condition. Here was a young man, my age, still living at home with his parents and siblings in a small rundown concrete building where a mattress on the floor or hammock was the common place where one rested for the night. I was definitely feeling like a spoiled, rich American girl at that point.
I returned to our hotel and told my parents how sorry I felt for my friend because of the way he lived. I recall my dad asking, “Is he happy?” and I responded, “Well yes!” In fact he was one of the happiest and joyful people I had met. My dad pointed out that my friend, had a home, a job, food to eat, plus he got to live in a tropical paradise. Sure, according to our American standards he was “poor” but only in material ways. He was content with his life and what he had.
“For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.” Regardless of whether your bank account is full or empty, whether you live in large new home, or a simple, smaller older one, if you can afford the latest and greatest styles or find a great deal at the local thrift store. Be content with what you have. If we put a lot of importance on having “stuff” or money we will not find fulfillment. None of the material wealth we acquire on this Earth matters more than how we live our lives, with our eyes on heaven and eternal glory. Having wealth is not a sin, it is what we do with that blessing. If we have been blessed with material wealth we are called to be responsible stewards and help our brothers and sisters in need.
So today, take a look at your inner attitude towards material wealth. What needs to change to help you find contentment with your current state in life? Are you being a responsible steward with your wealth? How can you make changes to help you reach the ultimate treasure of heaven?