by Andrew Consiglio, leader and director of Youth Fellowship
Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also (Matt 6;21)
Do you we want to know where your heart is? Go on a treasure hunt. My treasure is what I value and desire most, what in practice I set as the goal of my life, all that which shapes my decisions and values.
To really follow Jesus and love Him with all our heart (Mark 12:39), at it most basic, is to make communion with Him and obedience to His will the all-embracing aim of my life.
It means therefore that, by His grace, I will struggle and fight against all that damages that relationship, especially sin. It implies that I will seek all those things that bring me closer to Him, especially prayer, the word and the Eucharist.
This process is ongoing. But daily the Lord asks me what He asked the disciples in their first encounter with Him:
What are you looking for? (Jn 1:38).
Each day I need to choose Him. Indeed my choices will also determine my eternal destiny.
The treasure hunt therefore is not only checking out where our treasure is and ardently orienting ourselves to the Lord whenever we go off track; it also means that we seek Him and His Kingdom with perseverance, never giving up or losing hope. That is another reason we are given the gift of community.
Think about it:
“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.
In the end, we will always find what we really seek!