Reflection for October 21, 2013

“Thus will it be for the one who stores up treasure for himself but is not rich in what matters to God.” At the heart of this Gospel, we see Our Lord warning us not to let money divide us from those we love: from God, friends, family, and neighbor. A young man entreats Jesus to order the young man’s brother to share an inheritance to which the young man clearly believes he has a claim. Christ won’t do that. Why not? He knows it will lead to division. He knows it will lead to anger.

Our value is not found in our net worth. Our value – our eternal value – is found simply in living a life in conformity with the will of God. It means living according to the Gospel imperative and loving God with all our heart, with all our soul, and with all our mind; and loving our neighbor as our self.

Greed is one of the deadly sins; greed leads us down a path that takes us away from God and neighbor. When we succumb to greed, we see our neighbor as our competitor. We even see God as our competitor. This is not the path to true happiness; this is the path to misery and isolation.

Therefore, it is imperative that we remember the words of Jesus Christ: “Take care to guard against all greed, for though one may be rich, one’s life does not consist of possessions.”

Reflection for October 18, 2013

Reflection on Luke 10: 1-9

On reading this passage this morning, I was struck again by Christ’s call to service. “The harvest is abundant, but the laborers are few.”

Certainly, Christ calls us to service of God and neighbor throughout the Gospel, but the service he calls us to is not merely social work. While that is noble in itself, what we as Christians are called to is far greater. Our service depends on a radical trust in the Lord. “Carry no money bag, no sack, no sandals.” For many – or, at least, for myself – this is uncomfortable. Everything the world tells us is counter to this. And yet, this is the call the Lord makes.

If we can live so that we do have a radical trust in the Lord, then we – like the people of the towns those seventy-two disciples visited – will truly find that for us, the Kingdom of God is at hand.