19th Sunday in Ordinary Time
PROMPT, PROVIDE, PROMISE
By Leanna Cappiello
Three things that Jesus said in the Gospel stood out to me. He first prompts us to consider what we love most; He then provides comfort for us when we lose sight of those things; And finally, He promises us great joy in the time to come.
Jesus immediately prompts us when He says, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” It’s almost as if he’s looking at me and earnestly asking, What do you value most, Leanna? What is it that captures you? What do you love the best; what do you think about most often? In my heart of hearts, what I desire most is quality family time, provocative conversation, surprising adventures, authentic laughter, good art. We all have the things we strive to experience, and serve and honour others, to live in the spirit of God.
But I confess that I sometimes allow fear to infiltrate my heart of hearts. It’s a familiar feeling for us all: a fear of losing something you care deeply about. It’s only natural to feel this way when we are business owners, students, law enforcement officers, not-for-profit workers, parents, spouses… anyone with responsibility, investments, or something to lose, feels this occasionally (if not often).
It is normal to have fear creep in. But fear has its place as an occasional visitor, not a permanent resident. If we allow fear to remain in us, it becomes the ‘treasure’ where our hearts lie instead of what we love most. It can happen without us even realizing it. Soon, our hearts will be transformed into places of worry, regret or defensiveness, rather than openness, delight, excitement, awe.
In these times we allow fear to stay passed its welcome, Jesus provides comfort for us, “Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the Kingdom.” It’s as if He’s saying, Don’t worry, I will take care of you. I am with you.
In fact, He promises “an unfailing treasure in Heaven awaits”! To be free of fear that can overtake our hearts, this is when we can truly surrender and entrust our hearts to Jesus. In his promises to us, that fear is finite and his love is eternal! If He holds our hearts, He will prompt us, provide for us, and promise us, and we have nothing to fear for long.
Hebrews 11.1-2, 8-19