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18th Sunday of the Year – C 

18th Sunday of the Year – C

 

Dear friends in Christ,

 

What does life consist of?

Jesus tells us in today’s Gospel that our life does not consist of possessions. We cannot be secured by what we own even when our possessions are plenty. The rich man in the parable believes that the good fortune he has piled up due to his own merits will certainly guarantee him a sure future.

However, he must be in total surprise to hear God say: “You fool, this night your life will be demanded of you; and the things you have prepared, to whom will they belong?”

The parable has a much needed lesson for all. The rich man’s mistake is not in planning ahead. Don’t we all have a plan for tomorrow? His fault is mainly in thinking only of himself, his own comfort and well-being, while ignoring the poor man starving at his gate.

The danger lies in amassing anything that gives us the impression of being rich and independent. Wealth often causes a false sense of security and self-sufficiency, leading people into thinking they can always get things their own way, without need of anybody, not even of God.

There is a difference between material riches and spiritual wealth. But nothing in life can be better and greater than a loving and kind heart which helps us realize that we are in need and totally dependent upon God for life, and for the way of life. A humble dependency upon God is the key to perfection and beatitude.

The last sentence of the parable is firm and clear when Jesus speaks of laying up treasure in heaven: “Thus will it be for all who store up treasure for themselves but are not rich in what matters to God… Seek out instead the Kingdom of God over you, and the rest will follow in turn.” That is what matters to Jesus. That is what life consists of.

Fr. Joe