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Treasure of Our Heart

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“Where your treasure is…” (Luke 12:34)  Our hearts all seek something, but what is it? Many of us pray for healing, to find a job, for the strength to forgive an enemy.  We want to grow in our prayer life, to learn to speak to God like a friend.  We want to become saints, now.  There are so many things we ask God for—sometimes he says yes, other times no.  Wouldn’t it be nice to have all our prayers answered with a big YES?

And yet the “big NO” seems to pop up quite a bit.  Why is this?  Doesn’t he love us?  The temptation to give up our desires and longings can be overwhelming.  God seems not to care anyway.

But what is in Christ’s Heart? What does he most desire and pray to the Father about? The longest prayer we have coming from Jesus’ lips is from John 17, all centered on asking for his apostles and followers, “ that they may be one, as we are one, I in them and you in me.”  To be with us forever.

This was the center of Christ’s mission, the reason he came down to earth, the reason he died.

Look well, and you will see that YOU are in the center of his heart.  You are his treasure.  “I have loved you with an everlasting love.” (Jeremiah 31:3)  “You are precious in my sight, and honored, and I love you.” (Isaiah43:4)  The history of salvation is the story of God’s heart, of his deepest desire. He does love us, and gives us the biggest gift imaginable: himself.

In the end, our hearts are made for him; we long for him even when we don’t realize it. What do you want?  Where is your desire? Focus it on Christ.  Nothing else matters.  He longs for you, longs to be loved and sought by you.  This is what he most wants.  Long for him, seek him with passion.  Beg him to bring you close to his heart.  He will not refuse.

“When you search for me, you will find me; if you seek me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:13)

 

 

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As I live out my consecration to God and preparation for the priesthood, I am convinced in the power of the 'way of beauty' mentioned by Pope Francis in Evangelii Gaudium n. 167. To learn to see beauty as an expression of God in all things helps us to fall deeper in love with him. And there is no better way to give the faith than inviting others to experience its beauty.

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