READINGS for 2007-06-22
THE RIGHT QUESTION
treasures... – Matthew 6:21
2 Corinthians 11:18, 21-30
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READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR Ecclesiastes 9-12
Bishop Felix Perez was the former bishop of the Diocese of Imus, Cavite. He immediately preceded Bp. Emmanuel Sobrevias and, the current Local Ordinary, Bp. Antonio Luis Tagle.
Bp. Perez’s passing away was rather untimely. As far as I can recall, he was just found dead in his room one day. He must have succumbed to a heart attack.
When his belongings were collected from the bishop’s residence, it was said that those who did the collecting found nothing that belonged to the good and holy bishop except his clothes, a few books, and some personal effects. To the surprise of many, they discovered that the bishop had practically nothing in his name. He did not even have a bank account. In his wallet, he had nothing but ten pesos. “Ten pesos was all that he had?” many asked in disbelief. But still many easily believed that ten pesos was all that Bp. Perez had because, no doubt, Bp. Perez lived very simply when he was still around.
But ten pesos was not all that the simple and holy bishop had. He had more than a zillion pesos. He had Jesus. Anyone who came to know him personally easily saw where Bp. Perez’s heart was. Jesus was not only his treasure; He was his only treasure. His genteel disposition, simple lifestyle, and love for the poor also showed that Bp. Perez was Jesus’ priceless treasure. Ten pesos left in his wallet, and nothing more in his name, was all that he left behind because even that he did not need. His heart belonged to Jesus and Jesus belonged to his heart. Fr. Bobby T.
REFLECTION QUESTION: What is in my wallet and what is in my heart?
Lord Jesus, I pray that I may always have You in my heart. But I pray even more that my heart be in You. May You always be my only treasure and may I be worthy enough to be Your priceless treasure, too. Amen.
St. Paulinus of Nola and St. Thomas More, bishop confessor and martyr, pray for us.
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