We Hold a Treasure
As a gerontologist I look at the farmer in this week’s gospel as a good person planning for the future. A more ancient version of pension planning, retirement benefits portfolios, long-term care insurance-He is concerned for his immediate family, extended family, and in those days being a man of means, his laborers and community as well. The plan was to provide well into the future and perhaps save himself from a few sleepless nights, moments of stress, and nagging anxiety. Jesus does not judge his actions but reminds those he is teaching, including us, that His Father offers much more to ease the burdens of our human condition. In fact what He offers is a true lasting TREASURE-the perfect love of his Father. We mine this treasure when we pray, celebrate the Eucharist, help our neighbors, give our time and talents to those in need, gather in reflection, sing from our hearts, encourage one another. This treasure trove that is God’s love includes the gifts of the Holy Spirit-Piety, Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Fortitude, Knowledge, Fear of the Lord (Wonder & Awe). We are the containers of this treasure, and unlike a silo or box, we have unlimited capacity. The more we seek, the more we find. The more we give, the more we receive! Jesus’s life, the fulfillment of this love, has made this treasure a possibility for all of us as we walk in faith. There is a line from a favorite song by John Foley, SJ, that kept playing in my heart as I reflected on this Gospel. I think it has synergy to what Jesus is revealing to us in this parable… “We hold a treasure, not made of gold. In earthen vessels wealth untold, one treasure only, the Lord, the Christ, in earthen vessels.”.. I will try and remember this next time I have a sleepless night -hope it helps you too!