Do you have got a secret hiding place, the place you retain a few of your particular issues? Maybe you retain a favourite toy, a diary, or some sweet—all since you don’t need your brother or sister to take it! We all wish to maintain our treasures staying good, and away from individuals who would possibly get into it!
In the Gospel studying immediately, we hear what our Lord, Jesus Christ, Himself stated about caring for our treasure. “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal; but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal.”
So you see, we would strive onerous to maintain our treasure on earth good. But the issues we wish to maintain good right here would possibly get destroyed, or someone would possibly take them. Our Lord tells us that the true treasure is heaven, and when we have now that, no one can take it away. That’s the treasure that actually issues. So we are able to strive onerous daily to get that actual treasure—to be with God endlessly in heaven. How will we do this? We can strive onerous to like God and to like the individuals round us! Our Lord is joyful to present us the treasure of life in heaven!
LEARNING FROM OUR ELDERS: ST. POLYCARP OF SMYRNA
Have you ever requested a grandparent or one other older individual about what life was like 50 and even 75 years in the past? Maybe you requested a few conflict way back, and even about how he lived and performed as a toddler. We can at all times study attention-grabbing issues from people who find themselves a lot older than we’re—they’ve seen issues and accomplished issues we by no means have!
This week, we have a good time the nameday of a saint who discovered from his elders too. Saint Polycarp was born about 70 years after Jesus was born. St. Polycarp discovered from St. John, the Apostle and buddy of Christ. And you realize, St. John discovered from our Lord Jesus Christ Himself! Polycarp discovered to like God very a lot, even when he was little. Later on, he grew to become a priest after which a bishop. He was very near God, and other people got here to him as a result of they knew God heard his sturdy prayers!
Polycarp died about 150 years after Christ’s beginning. The emperor at the moment hated Christians, and he killed many devoted individuals. Polycarp stayed near Christ although—and now he’s nonetheless near Him in heaven!
We nonetheless have some issues that Polycarp wrote, and that is virtually 1900 years later. So in case you learn them, you’re listening to someone who lived simply after the time of Christ!
We have a good time St. Polycarp on Friday, Feb. 23rd (March eight, OC).
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