On Today’s Gospel 

Posted: October 17, 2016 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections


There is nothing wrong in having financial security and putting aside some savings for leaner times. But when is it enough? Even when we have more than enough, do we still want more for ourselves? 

Do we care? And put our care into action by helping the needy and the poor? Or do we entertain self righteous thoughts like, ‘they brought it upon themselves’, ‘they are responsible for themselves, ‘they are someone else’s responsibility.’ 

We did nothing on our own to merit being saved from the clutches of death. It is by the mercy, grace and love of God our Father that sent Jesus His Son to save us. It is by this precious gift alone that we have hope of eternal life with Him. 

Though His abounding love for us, our Heavenly Father has blessed us and showered us with many gifts. Not to hoard them for ourselves but to share and give away. Even the most precious gift of His Son Jesus is to be shared with others, especially with those who do not yet know Him. This is what it means to live in the light of Christ, to be a light for others. Amen 

First reading
Ephesians 2:1-10

You were dead through the crimes and the sins in which you used to live when you were following the way of this world, obeying the ruler who governs the air, the spirit who is at work in the rebellious. We all were among them too in the past, living sensual lives, ruled entirely by our own physical desires and our own ideas; so that by nature we were as much under God’s anger as the rest of the world. But God loved us with so much love that he was generous with his mercy: when we were dead through our sins, he brought us to life with Christ – it is through grace that you have been saved – and raised us up with him and gave us a place with him in heaven, in Christ Jesus.
This was to show for all ages to come, through his goodness towards us in Christ Jesus, how infinitely rich he is in grace. Because it is by grace that you have been saved, through faith; not by anything of your own, but by a gift from God; not by anything that you have done, so that nobody can claim the credit. We are God’s work of art, created in Christ Jesus to live the good life as from the beginning he had meant us to live it.

Gospel
Luke 12:13-21

A man in the crowd said to Jesus, ‘Master, tell my brother to give me a share of our inheritance.’ ‘My friend,’ he replied, ‘who appointed me your judge, or the arbitrator of your claims?’ Then he said to them, ‘Watch, and be on your guard against avarice of any kind, for a man’s life is not made secure by what he owns, even when he has more than he needs.’
Then he told them a parable: ‘There was once a rich man who, having had a good harvest from his land, thought to himself, “What am I to do? I have not enough room to store my crops.” Then he said, “This is what I will do: I will pull down my barns and build bigger ones, and store all my grain and my goods in them, and I will say to my soul: My soul, you have plenty of good things laid by for many years to come; take things easy, eat, drink, have a good time.” But God said to him, “Fool! This very night the demand will be made for your soul; and this hoard of yours, whose will it be then?.” So it is when a man stores up treasure for himself in place of making himself rich in the sight of God.’

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