Posted by: livingscripture | October 22, 2018

29th Monday in Ordinary Time

 

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD

Monday October 22, 2018

Twenty-ninth Week of Ordinary Time

WORD of the DAY 

 Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to share the inheritance with me.” He replied to him, “Friend, who appointed me as your judge and arbitrator?”  Then he said to the crowd, “Take care to guard against all greed, for though one may be rich, one’s life does not consist of possessions.” (Luke 12: 13-21)

 

How shall I live this Word?

Appealing to a law in itself correct, but simply “secular” and therefore tendentially atheist, man by removing the law of God claims what is his, as in the famous parable of chap. 15  when the part of inheritance is requested by the minor son, who abdicates the rights of a merciful Father’s son (Lk 15, 12). He paws for his share of inheritance, for what he has earned with the sweat of his brow, to enjoy the fruits of a job for which he has spent time and energy. For this licit and apparently harmless road, the order of values ​​can easily be subverted: the compensation is no longer what is necessary for a dignified survival, but is rooted in the heart, corrupts sincere intentions, deceives with false prospects of happiness , continuously creates new needs, triggers processes of death. What in man is natural and laborious “occupation” can easily become suffocating “worry”, when reassured by the success of his efforts man is no longer content with the daily salary but now aspires to “make a name” and to build “a tower, whose top touches the sky”, as happened in the days of Babel (Gen 11: 4). If we discover more and more the value of life and what great treasure we already have in our hands, we would not make the mistake of spoiling the most precious thing, that is friendship with Him, we would thank Him and rejoice with joy, because He is can make every grace abound in us (2 Cor 9:10).

 Give us the simplicity of heart, Jesus, to be able to be content with what you give us day after day, and the ability to marvel, because even if the heaviness of life runs the risk of making us lose the momentum of gratitude, we will never lack Your caress, a consolation that comes from You.

 The Voice of Vatican Council II Gaudium et Spes

In truth, the imbalances suffered by the contemporary world are connected with that deeper imbalance that is rooted in the human heart. It is precisely within man that many elements oppose each other.

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