Father Moreno shared that it was 4:30 in the morning, there was a cool breeze and the sun wanted to come out, it was always at 4:30 a.m. that all the men and boys would get into the rickety old trucks.
It was just the men and boys, they were like the “Little Rascals”, no girls allowed.
They would head out to the open country.
Once they got there the men prayed, they toasted, with what Father Moreno now realizes must have been moonshine, they poured several rounds, and then the treasure hunt would begin.
They were looking to find gold.
The Conquistadors traveled through Carlsbad, New Mexico and it was believed that they buried their treasure there, because an old man had an old gold coin that he said that he found out in the open country.
All the men would pray that they would find the treasure so they would no longer have to work and so that their wifes would leave them alone.
Father Moreno realizes now that the men must have been drunk because by 7:00 a.m. they would get slower and having found nothing they would go back home.
After age 16 he was allowed to have more than one drink.
Out in the desert he learned to drive because all the men were drunk and could not drive.
We are to seek God like those men and boys would seek the buried treasure.
We are to acquire the treasure which is God.
This is the question we must all answer: What are we seeking?
Are we so drunk on the things of this world, are we so attached to the things of this world, that we separate ourselves from the love of God?
What actions do we take to find Christ?
Do we lose sight of the treasure?
God asked Solomon in a dream: What do you want from me? And God asks each one of us what do we want from Him?
Father Moreno reminded us that God is here, because where two or more are gathered in His Name God is present.
Solomon asked for wisdom and understanding.
As a kid he asked to find the treasure chest because he was tired of picking cotton, onions and pecans.
When he picked onions he would smell like onions and he said that no wonder no girl was interested in him smelling like that, and when he picked pecans his skin got brown from the pecans.
Are we spinning our wheels asking for the wrong treasure?
In 1970 he knelt in front of the Blessed Sacrament and he knew that God said: I want you to be my priest.
To be a priest means to be crucified with Christ.
Predestination means to love and be loved by God.
In our spiritual journey let us ask for wisdom to understand what God wants in our life.
We have found the treasure in Jesus, let us claim it, it is ours.
Father Moreno now looks back and thinks that the men got drunk out in the desert because they were afraid of the legend “La Llorona”, the ghost of the Weeping Woman.
Father Moreno said that next Sunday, July 31, 2011, the Knights of Columbus and their families would be having their Corporate Mass at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church.
Every three months they have their Corporate Mass at a different church.
Father Moreno invited everyone to the Fall Bible Study every Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. starting August 2, 2011 at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Del Rio, Texas.
The bible study would be on the Acts of the Apostles and there would be showings of a series of videos by Father Barron entitled “Catholicism”.
Father Moreno said that everyone was invited and they do not have to be a member of the Knights of Columbus to attend the Bible Study.