Gospel for the Eighteenth Week Ordinary Time —Luke 12:13-21
“Someone in the crowd said to Jesus, ‘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 all who store up treasure for themselves but are not rich in what matters to God.”
Ponder this Gospel in the light of values prevalent in our society today.
What do you notice?
If you feel fine about what you notice, act on it. If you are uncomfortable about what you notice, seek alternative action.
Heritage word—”We reverence the abundant gifts of God and use them for his greater glory.
(Constitutions of the Sisters of Notre Dame, article 20)