May our treasure be the “communion of the Holy Spirit” that brings joy and satisfies the hungry heart.
For the young man “eternal life” was a desirable “gain” even though he had already gained much. Aware that for all his riches and even with his observance of the law, there was still a “lack” in his life, he seems quite willing to “do” what it takes to “enter into life” or “to be perfect”.
As “teacher” par excellence, Jesus connects with the young man’s lived experience of treasure and indicates how he can “have treasure in heaven”. Sadly for all his yearnings he was not ready to detach from physical goods and adhere to following the way of Jesus.
I celebrate Pope Francis as Jesus inviting the church to attain treasure in heaven by turning from “prestige” and “pleasing” to identifying with the poor and dispossessed. We repent of our fixation with “having” and “doing” and now open ourselves to “relating” and “being” for such is the way of Jesus. May our treasure be the “communion of the Holy Spirit” that brings joy and satisfies the hungry heart.