2 Kings 11:1-4,9-18,20
When Athaliah the mother of Ahaziah learned that her son was dead, she promptly did away with all those of royal stock. But Jehosheba, daughter of King Jehoram and sister of Ahaziah, secretly took away Jehoash, her brother’s son, from among the sons of the king who were being murdered, and put him with his nurse in the sleeping quarters; in this way she hid him from Athaliah, and he was not put to death. He stayed with her for six years, hidden in the Temple of the Lord, while Athaliah governed the country.
In the seventh year, Jehoiada sent for the commanders of hundreds of the Carians and of the guards, and had them brought to him in the Temple of the Lord. He made a pact with them and, putting them under oath, showed them the king’s son.
The commanders of hundreds did everything as Jehoiada the priest had ordered. They brought their men, those coming off duty on the sabbath together with those mounting guard on the sabbath, and came to Jehoiada the priest. The priest equipped the commanders of hundreds with King David’s spears and shields which were in the Temple of the Lord. The guards formed up, each man with his weapon in his hand, from the south corner to the north corner of the Temple, surrounding the altar and the Temple.’ Then Jehoiada brought out the king’s son, put the crown and armlets on him, and he anointed him king. They clapped their hands and shouted, ‘Long live the king!’
Athaliah, on hearing the shouts of the people made for the Temple of the Lord where the people were. When she saw the king standing there beside the pillar, as the custom was, with the captains and trumpeters at the king’s side, and all the country people rejoicing and sounding trumpets, Athaliah tore her garments and shouted, ‘Treason, treason!’ Then Jehoiada the priest gave the order to the army officers: ‘Take her outside the precincts and put to death anyone who follows her.’ ‘For’ the priest had reasoned, ‘she must not be put to death in the Temple of the Lord.’ They seized her, and when she had reached the palace through the Entry of the Horses, she was put to death there.
Jehoiada made a covenant between the Lord and king and people, by which the latter undertook to be the people of the Lord; and also between king and people. All the country people then went to the temple of Baal and demolished it; they smashed his altars and his images and killed Mattan, priest of Baal, in front of the altars.
The priest posted sentries to guard the Temple of the Lord. All the country people were delighted, and the city made no move. And they put Athaliah to death in the royal palace.
Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Do not store up treasures for yourselves on earth, where moths and woodworms destroy them and thieves can break in and steal. But store up treasures for yourselves in heaven, where neither moth nor woodworms destroy them and thieves cannot break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
‘The lamp of the body is the eye. It follows that if your eye is sound, your whole body will be filled with light. But if your eye is diseased, your whole body will be all darkness. If then, the light inside you is darkness, what darkness that will be!’
If then, the light inside you is darkness, what darkness that will be!
Storing. According to google search, it is to “keep or accumulate (something) for future use.” In common situation, we store things inside and not outside. We store leftover food inside the fridge to prolong its shelf life. This is an act of preserving that food for later consumption. We store things to be used at a later time. It is actually good to save up for our future. However, if the storage is not big enough anymore, some will become waste. It can be food, clothes, shoes, or gadgets. We cannot use all of our things simultaneously if there are too many.
Jesus said in the Gospel, “Do not store up treasures for yourselves on earth, where moths and woodworms destroy them and thieves can break in and steal.” It can be understood that Jesus is pertaining to the material things on Earth. One may reason that we have temporal needs to sustain. Yes, I agree that we also need earthly things to survive in life. But we cannot only prepare for our life on earth. We also have this afterlife that we need to prepare for. And this is implied in our Gospel. “But store up treasures for yourselves in heaven, where neither moth nor woodworms destroy them and thieves cannot break in and steal.” Jesus is telling us to prepare ourselves in order to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. How can we do that? There are many things that cannot be lost. The non-tangible things. There is love, faith, forgiveness, and other more. It is not only keeping the love, faith, and forgiveness. We invest and share these with others. And these are only a few treasures that cannot be destroyed nor stolen from us. What we keep in ourselves will manifest eventually whether we are aware or not. So if we keep only the good things, then good things will come out from us. Others will see.
We cannot bring our riches with us after we die. All our material wealth will be left here. Similar to what the Gospel is telling us, this is the reality. The reality that whatever things that we have, it will be gone and is not permanent in this world. The money that we have is not forever.
Our life is short. Therefore, we must strive to live it for ourselves, for others, and for God. Our life is a great treasure from God. How we live it is a treasure that we can bring in heaven.
(Today’s OXYGEN by Beryl Baterina)
Prayer: Dear Lord, please grant that we may live a life for You. May our daily life be filled sharing with others Your goodness and Your love.
Thanksgiving: Father God, thank you for the graces in our daily life. Thank you for the food we eat, the clothes we wear, the money we earn, and the life we have.