Rev. Charles Hoffacker
An old principle claims that we become that upon which we gaze. What captures our attention transforms us so that we resemble it. If this is true, then a preoccupation with gold and precious stones transforms us into something like them. They are beautiful, but they are also hard and lifeless.
When these valuables preoccupy us, we also become lifeless and hard.
Psalm 119:127 offers us a different path, addressing God in these words:
"Truly, I love your commandments
More than gold and precious stones."
The path that God provides for us merits our attraction far more than conventional wealth. If the gracious commandments of the Holy One occupy our hearts, we will become increasingly alive and come to resemble the God who is our focus. We will fulfill the purpose for which we exist.
Every day we are assaulted by messages inviting us to devote ourselves to gold and precious stones. Through this hypnosis, we risk becoming hard and dead. Many people take this tragic path. Against this threat we can offer a bold prayer:
Truly, I love your commandments
More than gold and precious stones.
The Rev. Charles Hoffacker is a retired priest of the Diocese of Washington