Deng Xiaoping once said, “To get rich is glorious.” Indeed, it is quite glorious for many people, hence the desire to get rich. Some even want to fast-track their way to material wealth as the lure of houses, money, cars, and properties are so enticing. Why is money so alluring? Because it is always equated with happiness, security, and control. We think we will have fewer problems if we have money.
In St. Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus easily caught the attention of his audience when he said, “For to everyone who has, more shall be given, and he will have an abundance; but from the one who does not have, even what he does have shall be taken away.”
What Jesus is talking about here is not earthly wealth but heavenly wealth. How do we attain such?
- Where your heart is, there will be your treasure. What is really most important in life? Will this matter in the life eternal? A friend shared with me their experience while driving home. Suddenly a car headed toward them. From that point out he knew he was not in control. How they escaped, only could have been Divine Providence. The moral of the story – at any time all of these treasures can be taken away from us in an instant.
- The many things that count in life cannot be counted. At the end of all of our journeys on earth, only one thing matters – how we touch other people’s lives. This is the summary of all the eulogies we have heard.
- What is the purpose of my life? All of us are here on earth because we have a purpose and a mission. If you look at that purpose and mission, it all boils down to one thing – service. The vocation of Christ, I came to serve and not to be served.
This is the reality of heavenly wealth. It is never stolen, it never depreciates, it is never left behind – it goes with us all the way to heaven. Indeed, how true are the words of Christ, “to the one who has true wealth, more shall be given”.