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Home Sections The Daily B.R.E.A.D. Oct 19, 2009 - Monday Meditation (Where is your Treasure - Happiness?)
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W here our heart, time and efforts are focused will probably reveal what really matters, what really seems to be our idea of ‘happiness’...where our treasure is.


Memorial of St. John de Brébeuf and St. Isaac Jogues

Romans 4:20-25

L uke 12:13-21  One of the multitude said to him, "Teacher, bid my brother divide the inheritance with me." (14) But he said to him, "Man, who made me a judge or divider over you?" (15) And he said to them, "Take heed, and beware of all covetousness; for a man's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions." (16) And he told them a parable, saying, "The land of a rich man brought forth plentifully; (17) and he thought to himself, `What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?' (18) And he said, `I will do this: I will pull down my barns, and build larger ones; and there I will store all my grain and my goods. (19) And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; take your ease, eat, drink, be merry.' (20) But God said to him, `Fool! This night your soul is required of you; and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?' (21) So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God."



Meditation by Cathy Weiss Pedersen

H appiness ... what is it? 


In today’s world of economic uncertainty, some may say it is having a job, being able to make the mortgage, or providing the basic needs for one’s family.  My ill mother’s response might be, ‘to be free of pain’, or to be able to leave the hospital.  For the elderly, it may be the ability to live out their days in their own homes rather than going into a nursing facility.


Where our heart, time and efforts are focused will probably reveal what really matters, what really seems to be our idea of ‘happiness’...where our treasure is.


In today’s Gospel, the rich man in the parable deems his bountiful harvest and all the comforts and assurances which will be provided in his wealth as his happiness.  However, his life will come to an end that night, and the question is: “...the things you have prepared, to whom will they belong?”


Many years ago, a dear friend counseled me that the ‘NOW’ was the only thing that should matter.  This was at a time when our four children were very young, and I, as a very busy mother, was feeling overwhelmed with the planning for the upcoming family holiday gatherings, while trying to juggle my children’s schedules, renovating part of our home and beginning graduate school.  I remember thinking, “Fr. Tom, you have no idea what it is like to try to handle all this!  What do you mean, ‘...try to live only in the now?!!!  How are all of these things going to be handled if I don’t plan ahead?”


I’m not sure how ‘far’ I have come in realizing that no matter how much I try to take responsibility for life events around me, that I may not really be ‘in charge’ of things.  However, I probably am a bit wiser in realizing that it isn’t really my job to be ‘in control’ of things.  Perhaps, it IS better to attempt to focus on the ‘NOW’, the present moment...and all that is happening with the people in my life at this moment.


There are times, when I am feeling scattered, and life is full of struggles and challenges, that my prayer comes out as a plea for help.  However, for what am I asking for help?  To try to figure out how I might handle my problems?  To seek God’s help in doing the right thing? Or...asking God’s guidance and companionship in ‘being’ in the NOW...being present to those around me?


In my saner moments of reflection and prayer, I begin to remember that God’s Spirit truly is with me and that the important thing is to invite God into the midst of my ‘chaos’ of the moment.  Once I re-member with my God, I am able to take a step back and let God’s Spirit work within and with me as WE attempt to meet the particular challenge or struggle of the day.


As we each face our unique challenges and struggles, I pray that I/we each take in a deep breath of God’s Spirit and allow God into our lives in order that we can see and respond as God’s presence to, for and with the people of our lives today.


Perhaps, by entering into the moment of the NOW with our God, we may truly discover that our treasure, our happiness, is in the ‘being’ with and for others, rather than only in the frenetic ‘doing’ that is our greatest temptation.



Supplementary Reading



Paul, a slave of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the Gospel of God ... – Romans 1:1-2


I used to have a competitive nature that drove me to be “in pace” or ahead of the mainstream. This was true not just in my professional life but also in my spiritual life. In the early days of my walk with the Lord, I was part of a cell group that had the “community superstars”  in it. They were in the limelight singing, worshiping and serving God. This built a certain expectation in me. Soon I, too, will be serving the Lord like them. After all, we came in to the Renewal almost at the same time.

But the Lord has since dealt with that part of me. In today’s reading, Paul’s declaration of who he is was not based on what Peter said or on the impressions of the other apostles. It didn’t matter if Paul was not among them during the Lord’s public ministry. What  mattered was Jesus’ call on his life… period.

Today, my wife and I are part of a cell group with the Kerygma preachers, their spouses and the editor of this publication.

The difference is that now I know where I stand in the Lord and that I’ve been set apart to do His will where He has put me.

I realize now that it’s about identity, not activity. ---Ariel Driz



Do I focus on running my own race in the Lord?Am I aware of His call for me? Do I compare myself with others?


Jesus, thank You for who I am in You! Amen.



Thought of the Day

Does it not sometimes happen that, without realizing it, the older generations prepare a way forward for the young towards trust in God? Young people from Estonia said: “If we have become believers and if we are here in Taizé, it is because of our grandmothers. Most of them were sent away from their country for many years. Over there, in the place to which they were deported, all they had to keep them going was faith. They are simple women. They did not understand the reason for so much suffering. Some have come back; they are transparent and without bitterness. For us now, they are saints.”

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