​​​​​​​The True Treasures of the Church

Clergy Corner by Fr. Williams

In the year 258AD, Emperor Valerian restarted the persecution against the Christians calling for the execution of every bishop, priest and deacon, and demanding the confiscation of all of the “treasures” of the Church. Pope Sixtus II, sensing his end was near, quickly  ordained a young man named Lawrence as head deacon and put him in charge of the “riches” of the Church. He began to sell what the Church did have and give it to the poor. And after the Pope was soon caught and beheaded during a liturgy, the emperor gave Lawrence three days to round up the treasures of the Church and bring them to him. On day three, after liquidating what he could, he went to the emperor’s court, and upon being asked where the treasures were, Lawrence pointed behind him where the poor, crippled, widowed and orphaned were pouring through the door of the courtyard. He is reported to have said, “These are the true treasures of the Church” after which he was promptly “grilled” alive.

 

Souls have always been the true treasure of the Church.  Newly conceived souls, elderly souls, imprisoned souls, poor souls, rich souls, etc. This is why all the readings of this weekend point to the vanity (1st reading) of storing up treasure in this world. We are told instead to seek what is above through our actions (2nd reading). The contents of our bank accounts and our houses will never follow us to heaven (Gospel), but that what we give here, the parts of ourselves we give to save souls now is important, … that “what we do in life, echoes in eternity.” (Gladiator). 

 

So, find ways to give of your time, talent and treasure this week, searching out the lost souls around you. Do this and the Lord will continue to bump up your interest rate on the many treasures you are storing in heaven.  St. Lawrence, pray for us.

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