Jesus said to his disciples:
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth,
where moth and decay destroy, and thieves break in and steal.
But store up treasures in heaven,
where neither moth nor decay destroys, nor thieves break in and steal.
For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.
“The lamp of the body is the eye.
If your eye is sound, your whole body will be filled with light;
but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be in darkness.
And if the light in you is darkness, how great will the darkness be.” from New American Bible
Today's short gospel drives home two very important points. In the first, Jesus calls on us to really think of what is important in life. We spend so much time pursuing things that will never make us happy and yet we are continuously caught up in the illusion that this next toy, car, job or whatever is the thing that shall make us happy. As Christians we are called to see these things as they really are, transient ,illusive happiness, and we are called to look "long term" to where our real home and happiness lies. Paul calls us "warefarers." What a nice term!
In the second part of the gospel Jesus talks about purity of the heart. What we see can cause us to react either with envy, lust or greed or whatever. We should try to see the world as it really is; a place created for us by God and a place full of things for us to use in order to come to know him better. Shallow, selfish emotions like lust and envy close us to so much of the world's beauty. We should try to see the world as a place of goodness that reflects God's love. This is difficult with all the evil and the use of sex in advertising and the press but if we can see past these to the good and beauty in the world then our hearts shall become ever more pure. Through it all this is still a beautiful world that prepares us for God's glory. That is the best way to view creation. If God can make this beauty, what is he like in himself? Check out Fr. Rolheiser's article on 'Meaning and Happiness' !