Today is the Feast of St. Lawrence, deacon and martyr. Tradition has it that Lawrence was the chief financial officer of the church. When arrested, the prefect demanded that he surrender the church’s wealth. Lawrence asked for three days, during which time he passed on those resources to others for safekeeping. He then returned to the prefect and assembled the sick, the aged and the poor, the widows and orphans of the church and famously said, “These are the treasures of the church.”
We do well to cherish the wisdom of Lawrence. The treasures of the church and of this community are not the resources of this seminary nor its buildings, even though they are a grace for us. The treasures are the people: the students, staff, faculty, and our children. As a community that is centered around the life and teachings of Jesus, we cannot go wrong when we think of our fellow travelers as treasure. Indeed, this is the sentiment so aptly expressed by C. S. Lewis: “Next to the Blessed Sacrament itself, your neighbor is the holiest object presented to your senses.”
And at all times and in all things, do remember that you, too, are a treasure.
Jim Mathes Associate Dean of Students and Director of Anglican Studies