James 5:1-6; Ps 49 Blessed are the poor in Spirit; the kingdom of heaven is theirs; Mark 9:41-50
"You have stored up treasure for the last days…"
We find these words in the middle of the first reading from James.
He is speaking about the tragedy of putting our focus on material wealth and material possessions. In the midst of this he mentions, "storing up treasure for the last days.."
How often do we worry about living our earthly life to its full with all material comfort rather than focus on the truth of our existence and the destiny that awaits us as people of faith.
Should not our treasure we store up be for eternal life?
Should we not look beyond the last days of our earthly life and see how well we have prepared ourselves for that reality?
What will come of the earthly treasure we amass when our body lies in dust and our souls meet our maker?
Then we hear the words of Jesus, "anyone who gives you a cup of water to drink because you belong to christ, amen, I say to you, you will surely not lose his reward."
Here is our treasure. Here is the motivation. Who belongs to christ so that we might extend our hand in generosity? What if it is everyone we meet along the way that fifers us an opportunity to store of treasure where it matters most?