FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
29th Monday of Ordinary Time
October 19, 2020
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.” Then he told them a parable. “There was a rich man whose land produced a bountiful harvest. He asked himself, ‘What shall I do, for I do not have space to store my harvest?’ And he 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 the one who stores up treasure for himself but is not rich in what matters to God.” (Luke 12: 13-21)
How shall I live this Word?
On the way to Jerusalem, Jesus meets many people. Some want to hear His Word, others want to be heard and granted their requests. The one in today’s Gospel submits to Him a question of justice: a conflict between brothers over a question of inheritance. Jesus does not want to be invested with the role of judge or mediator, because it does not belong to Him. Rather, He wants to induce His interlocutor to reflect on the deep roots of his anxiety.
It is as if people – Jesus seems to say – were more concerned about material things on which they think serenity, well-being depend, rather than ‘getting rich with God’. But how does one get rich with God? From the words of Jesus we understand that whoever becomes poor becomes rich, those who in practice, espouse the evangelical logic of sharing all that one is and all that one has with one’s brothers and sisters.
Lord, help us to understand that we cannot truly love You unless we include others, especially those who are in need of help, in our plans. Amen!
The voice of Raul Follerau, Apostle of the lepers
The only truth is to love each other.
Nobody has the right to be happy alone.
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