FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
29th Monday of Ordinary Time
October 17, 2016
From the Word of the Day
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?’ (Luke 12: 20)
How should we live this Word
Jesus invites us to be vigilant to avoid excessive preoccupation about our money because when we die, we bring nothing with us except our good works and even our evil deeds to expiate in the next life.
He refuses to be the mediator between brothers about a question of inheritance. Unfortunately, the desire to have more money and goods often pollutes even the closest family relationships. This leads to living in our egoism, in isolation, and in the denial to share with others.
Death often comes without our realizing it and reveals the value of our material and spiritual wealth. Either they serve us in acquiring merits by helping others through acts of charity, or they lead us to perdition if we abstain from helping others and refuse to share what we possess.
Knowing that we are destined to be citizens of Heaven, we must not put our trust in earthly goods but in those of heaven. This is what St. Ignatius of Antioch did who affirmed in his Letter to the Romans, “In me, there is living water that whispers: Come to the Father!” His hope was firmly anchored in Christ. He always added: “It is better to be than to seem a Christian”.
Lord, let love for You and for my neighbor prevail in my life so that I do not put my trust in earthly goods but in the faithful accomplishment of Your Word and Your Gospel.
The voice of Pope Francis
Jesus tells us to not trust the peace of wealth. He tells us with great realism: “Be careful because there are thieves…the thieves can steal your wealth!” Money does not give us a lasting peace. Remember, metal rusts.”
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Comment by Fr. Mario Maritano, SDB