Fr Richard’s reflection: 19th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Get yourselves “treasure that will not fail you…For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Jesus’ words in today’s Gospel remind us where our true treasure lies: not in wealth, money or success, but in our faith. The second reading presents to us two fine examples of faith: Abraham and Sarah. Their great trust in the Lord amid the challenges they faced came from their desire and thirst for “their heavenly homeland”.

As the Letter to the Hebrews says: “Only faith can guarantee the blessings that we hope for…” So, to have a sure hope of heaven, we need to clutch onto that treasure of faith in Christ that we were given on the day of our baptism. As Sarah and Abraham demonstrate by their belief in God’s Providence, holding fast to the gift of faith isn’t fulfilled in a half-hearted acknowledgement of God’s presence in our lives, but a complete and total commitment to the only One who has the power to save us.

In his encyclical Lumen Fidei, Pope Francis describes faith as a “priceless treasure”, which “God has given as a light for humanity’s path” (Lumen Fidei, 7). May we always cling to that treasure so that we can present it back to the Lord as a testament of our desire for Him when the time to meet our merciful judge comes.