Here are a few lines from the song “Awake My Soul” by Mumford and Sons.
How fickle my heart and how woozy my eyes I struggle to find any truth in your lies. And now my heart stumbles on things I don’t know. This weakness I feel I must finally show. Lend me your hand and we’ll conquer them all But lend me your heart and I’ll just let you fall. Lend me your eyes I can change what you see. But your soul you must keep, totally free…
In these bodies we will live, in these bodies we will die. Where you invest your love, you invest your life …
Awake my soul, awake my soul Awake my soul! For you were made to meet your maker. You were made to meet your maker!
In this Sunday’s gospel (Lk. 12:32-48) our Lord cautions his disciples to not have fear and to not set one’s life by the tempests of the world but rather by the expectation of God’s coming Kingdom. “Set your heart in God’s Kingdom,” our Lord is saying. “For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.” Our “treasure” – the hope we have as Christians – is not ultimately in this world and its struggles (although we are certainly called to live our faith and work to build up what is good and right) but in the Kingdom of God.
I think that Mumford and Sons, in their own way, are getting at this truth in their song. “Where you invest your love, you invest your life … Awake my soul. For you were made to meet your maker.” Christian existence always stands within an expectation. We are made for a purpose. We are made to meet our maker and this expectation ought to guide our lives right here and right now.
When we have fear, we look past them to Christ. When we experience discouragement, we find hope in God. When trials come our way, we persevere in the promise of the Kingdom. Our treasure has been set in heaven and so our hearts yearn for that. But we live this concretely. This, I think, is another truth brought out by the song. “In these bodies we will live, in these bodies we will die. Where you invest your love, you invest your life.” Christian existence stands within an expectation yet it also is lived in the now concretely.
As Christians, we are meant to invest our lives. Some have said that in the incarnation, God, in essence, put skin in the game. The Son of the Father took flesh and suffered and died that we might have life and salvation. God invested his life for us because that is where his love is. We, too, must invest our lives. The wounds of the world are our wounds, therefore we do not seek to flee these wounds, rather we try to bandage and heal them.
The parable of the Good Samaritan is powerful because the Samaritan chose to invest his life – he took the time that was necessary, he paid for the man’s lodging, he gave of himself – for the good of the stranger. He was able to invest his life because his love was already there. He saw the neighbor as brother and friend and not as stranger.
It is a bit of a paradox. The Christian seeks to do the right thing because we are challenged to do the right thing but on a deeper level we strive to do what is right because our love is already there. Soon to be canonized St. Teresa of Calcutta knew she was caring for Christ himself whenever she cared for the poor, sick, despised and ill. Christ (our love) is in our brothers and our sisters.
Where you invest your love, you invest your life.
For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.