A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC
July 29, 2016
January 24, 2020
Are you Prepared?
August 10, 2019
Dual messages are presented in today’s Readings and Gospel; one reminding us of the importance of being faithful to God, the other how important it is that our actions are to reflect what we treasure most in life – our relationship with God.
“For where your treasure is, there also will your heart will be.” Luke 12.34
In this Gospel, Luke continues to teach the importance of not storing up treasures of this world and implores us to understand that our true and very real treasure lies in a loving relationship with God and God’s people. How is it that we come to accept this? The answer is found in the letter of St. Paul to the Hebrews: FAITH. It is through faith in God; Father, Son and Holy Spirit that we are drawn into the reality of knowing what God desires for us. We come to know and understand faith from those who have accepted and lived the gift of faith before us; our ancestors as far back as Abraham and Isaac and Jacob all the way to our immediate ancestors in our families and in
the people with whom we share life today.
“Faith is the realization of what is hoped for and the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11.1
I love this verse as it makes real that faith is not something tangible that we can see or hold, rather it is a gift given by a loving and creative God that we respond more deeply to as we grow in our relationship with God. And though we see this gift only through “eyes of faith” we come to understand through lived experience that true love and joy and peace, all those things we hope for, are realized only in our knowing God. And with that faith, we look forward to true treasure; eternity with God in heaven – that place “not seen”.
Luke’s Gospel goes deeper as we are called to action – to living our faith – in preparation for the time when we will come face to face with Jesus. If Jesus were to knock at your door today, are you ready to receive him? What will he find you doing? Will he know you? Will he know that you are doing what you can to prepare to be with him? Will you greet him with great
expectation and joy or is there something you fear about that encounter?
Let us ponder these questions and ask God through our daily prayer to assist us to live in this world, loving God and his people so that we might be prepared to receive the ultimate treasure; living eternally in the presence of God.