Monday 19th October – Monday of week 29 of the year
Reflection: Luke 12:13-21
ARE YOU RICH?
I could possibly guess what your answer would be to the question above, but I would not try to. The first question you may want to answer is what is the definition of the word “rich”? Or you may ask yourself, what does it mean to be rich? Looking at today’s gospel reading you will find God’s own perspective of the word “rich”. You will be amazed to discover that what God may regard to be “true riches” is different from what man may think it to be.
Frankly speaking, is there anything wrong in being rich in the worldly sense of it? The answer is definitely NO. However, many people have allowed their riches to trap their souls to the extent that their whole being revolves around their possessions. Also, many people keep on storing riches whereas people are hungry and languishing in misery around them. This was the fault of the “rich fool” in today’s reading. He trusted in his riches so much that he forgot that his life and happiness did not depend on them but on God. True riches lies not in physical possession but in you union with God. How rich your relationship with God is what determines how rich you really are.
As children of God, we should use our riches to glorify God. All we have and all we are proceed from God, therefore there is no reason to boast. Let us go out today and use what we have to bless others. God will surely replenish you in unquantifiable measure.
PRAYER: O Lord give me the grace to be a blessing to all around me. Amen.
KNOW YOUR FAITH: CCC 2536: “The tenth commandment forbids greed and the desire to amass earthly goods without limit. It forbids avarice arising from a passion for riches and their attendant power. It also forbids the desire to commit injustice by harming our neighbor in his temporal goods”
HIDE A TREASURE: “Do people gain anything if they win the whole world but lose their own life?” Mark 8:36 GNB
Today’s readings: Romans 4: 20-25; Lk.1:69-75 (canticle); Luke 12:13-21
Sunday 27th September- 26th Sunday of the year
DETACH FROM EARTHLY TREASURES
I once met a man who believed he was everything a woman would ever want; he had good looks and so much wealth that he felt he was in control of every situation. He met this very simple lady whom he loved so much and wanted to marry but all she asked of him was to live simpler life, a life without so much riches but filled with much love, peace and happiness. He refused because he could not imagine a life without riches. This young man never found anyone as good as the simple lady and he remained single all his life.
The world we live in today is filled with all sorts of material attractions, things that are enough to buy a man’s conscience and even his soul. It is true that the human wants are unlimited but we must always remember that the top item on our preference list should be the salvation of our souls. As young people we have different things and people that we unnecessarily attach ourselves to, ranging from clothes, jewels, phones and other gadgets. We also attach ourselves to certain people believing that we cannot survive without them. Yet they add nothing to our moral and spiritual values but rob us of virtues . Christ is telling us today how vague these things are, for it is better to enter the kingdom of heaven without them than hell with them.
…If your eye makes you lose your faith, take it out! It is better for you to enter the Kingdom of God with only one eye than to keep both eyes and be thrown into Hell. (Mk 9: 45-47)
Let us then unlike the man in our illustration make sacrifices now that we may enjoy eternally at God’s side. No matter how far you think you can run to hide your riches from God, all he need take is a step to take it away from you.
PRAYER: Lord God, detach me from earthly treasures that I may find joy in your Kingdom.
KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 52 – What is heaven?
Heaven is God’s milieu, the dwelling place of the angels and saints, and the goal of creation. With the words “heaven and earth”we designate the whole of created reality. Heaven is not a place in the universe. It is a condition in the next life. Heaven is where God’s will is done without any resistance. Heaven happens when life is present in its greatest intensity and blessedness- a kind of life that we do not find on earth.
HIDE A TREASURE: “Everything will be purified by fire as a sacrifice is purified by salt.” Mark 9:49 GNB
Today’s reading: Num 11:25-29; Ps 19:7-12; Jam 5:1-6; Mk 9:38-43.45.47-48