It is 22nd June 2018. The readings are from 2 Kings 11:1-4, 9-18, 20; and the Gospel from Matthew 6:19-23. What we treasure it most, so we lure it to the most. Some of the people climb the ladder of position by evil means while some others are offered a position by God to continue the mission of love. What we sow, so we reap. If we sow division, we will reap at the end disunity and confusion. We can get rid of people and take over power, position control, money and influence by evil means but the same tricks we employed to come to power will be used against us in time when we are least expecting by an insignificant person. Our obsessions and compulsions having power either drains our inner resources or the goodness of the people who put their trust in us. We can never outsmart God with our human prudence and politicking. Evil breeds evil inside the heart of the person and makes the heart of the person and the life go in darkness. As we get rid of people, so does God through someone to us. In the first reading, we see a cruel account of multiple murder of the innocents for someone like Athaliah to grab the seat of queenship. God does not need an army to get rid of the evil. God payed the evil queen with the same evil she perpetrated. God used the temple priest to remove the tyrannical rule of Athaliah and destroyed the temples of Baals which she built. The things and the power we acquire by evil means on earth will never last long. The responsorial Psalm praises, “The Lord has chosen Zion; he has desired it for his dwelling.” (Ps.131:13). The Gospel teaches us that finding God in our life is the ultimate happiness that lasts and only in such happiness our hearts and souls are finally settled down. No material things however expensive they could be, they will never offer us the inner happiness for the heart. “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Mt.6:21). Let us not spend all our time in acquiring money, position, influence and control to have that so-called worldly contentment and happiness. May we aspire for the values of eternal life that lighten up our souls and inner sanctuaries. When our inner sanctuaries are in thickest darkness, what can the peripheral beauties of the skin offer? “If then, the light inside you is darkness, what darkness that will be.” (Mt.6:23). Our inner beings are lightened up by the values and virtues we practice in our lives. We can fake the world with the passing power and money we splash, we can never fool God with those material stuff we have acquired and the positions we hold now. what are the treasures we are interested in that would overflow from our upright living before God and people? What are we cherishing as treasures of our hearts that either make the presence of God felt or the absence of God to augment? May the Lord grant us the wisdom to go after things that would last and offer the lasting happiness in our lives. May you have a good day.

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