Posted by: livingscripture | October 19, 2009

Twenty Ninth Monday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

         Take care to guard against all greed, for though one may b rich, one’s life does not consist of possessions.

(Luke 12, 15)      

 How should we live this Word                                        the field

 Jesus takes every occasion to teach us truths that go beyond the present reality.  In this episode, Jesus deals with the just rapport with possessions.  A man asks Jesus to be an arbitrator between him and his brother.  Jesus does not accept.  For Him, it is important to understand that all depends on God; that all is passing.  Only God is the real treasure.

 The parable that follows is very clear.  The rich man is thinking logically.  His harvest is abundant and good and therefore he needs larger barns.  But he is wrong on two points.  He is self centered and he thinks he has control of the future.  “Now as for you, you have so many good things stored up for many years, rest, eat, drink, be merry!”  God answers, “You fool, this night your life will be demanded of you; and the things you have prepared, to whom will they belong?”  We are all in God’s hands, in God’s compassion.

 Jesus is not speaking against the rich but rather warns those who accumulate goods for themselves without giving a thought to others and not even to God.  Death forces us to be detached from everything.

 Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will compare myself with the foolish rich man.  In the effort to better my situation at work, in life, am I walking together with God?  Do I seek to discern His plan for me?  Am I in solidarity with my sisters and brothers along he way?

 Lord Jesus, I want to live my life joyfully together with you and in solidarity with all.  Help me to detach my heart from the goods I possess and to enrich myself before You, O my God.

 The voice of Anselm Grun, Author

 Those who amass riches only for themselves have not understood Jesus’ intention or the mystery of life which is limited by death.

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