July 31, 2016
(18th Sunday Ordinary Time, C)
Jesus told a parable about a rich man pondering his retirement: The rich man said, ‘This is what I shall do: I shall tear down my barns and build larger ones. There I shall store all my grain and other goods and I shall say to myself, “Now as for you, you have so many good things stored up for many years, rest, eat, drink, be merry!”’
But God said to him, ‘You fool, this night your life will be demanded of you; and the things you have prepared, to whom will they belong?’ Thus will it be for all who store up treasure for themselves but are not rich in what matters to God.” Lk_12:13-21
What a quagmire this life is. We work and work so that one day we don’t have to work any more because we’ve saved up enough to finally catch our breath and rest. But then that savings ends up being worthless because of inflation, or theft, or unexpected and expensive surprises. As the writer of Ecclesiastes says – “vanity of vanities!”
So what’s the answer? Well, we can all become Franciscans. Give up everything we own and live in rags. OR, we can stay the Christians we are and share some of our valuable talents and treasure with others. Believe it or not, God WILL still take care of us! That’s becoming rich in what matters to God! And we can still become Franciscans. Just maybe not to the extreme that St. Francis lived. God will still recognize the goodness in our hearts!
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