First Reading: Eccl. 1:2; 2:21-23
Responsorial Psalm: Ps. 90: 3-6, 12-14, 17
Second Reading: Col. 3:1-5, 9-11
Gospel: Lk. 12: 13-21
“Take care to guard against all greed, for though one may be rich, one’s life does not consist of possessions.” So, what does our life consist of? Where are our riches? Jesus is pointing out that it’s not what we own, such as money, cars, phones, clothes and more but what we can’t possess. The spiritual life can’t be possessed only shared. Does your life consist of kindness, generosity, service, love and more? These are some of the gifts that Jesus says are not greed but offer us heavenly riches. It is a difficult challenge these days in our consumer based society to see past what we think we need to that which is important for truly living a Christ-centered life. How can we get past the things everyone has or thinks are so important for a “quality” life when in the grand scheme of things the only thing that matters is love? Reflecting that love to others and recognizing it in them…that is the challenge of today.
We ask you dear God to give us the mind of Jesus to help us to seek the riches of Heaven. May these riches of Heaven bring us to the service of others and lead us to a deeper relationship with God. It is through prayer that we will receive God’s help and lead us to possessing eternal life.
Pat Bietsch, OSF