17 October 2016
Monday, 29th Week in Ordinary Time
St. Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop and Martyr
Eph 2:1 – 10 / Lk 12:13 – 21
St. Ignatius of Antioch (d 107), consecrated Bishop of Antioch by St. Peter, was martyred in Rome under Emperor Trajan.
Gospel Reading: Lk 12:13 - 21
Someone in the crowd spoke to Jesus, "Master, tell my brother to share with me the family inheritance." He replied, "My friend, who has appointed me as your judge or your attorney?"
Then Jesus said to the people, "Be on your guard and avoid every kind of greed, for even though you have many possessions, it is not that which gives you life."
And Jesus continued with this story, "There was a rich man, and his land had produced a good harvest. He thought, 'What shall I do, for I am short of room to store my harvest? So this is what he planned: 'I will pull down my barns and I will build bigger ones, to store all this grain, which is my wealth. Then I will say to myself: My friend, you have a lot of good things put by for many years. Rest, eat, drink and enjoy yourself.'
"But God said to him, 'You fool! This very night your life will be taken from you. Tell me who shall get all you have put aside?' This is the lot of the one who stores up riches for himself and is not wealthy in the eyes of God."
In the Gospel reading for today, Jesus very clearly told his listeners to be detached from worldly things. To further illustrate his message he taught them using the parable of the rich fool.
This is very appropriate for us living in an age where materialism and consumerism are the values that drive the world economy. We know that our lives on earth will not last forever and so we can easily accept intellectually what Jesus taught. But we are not pure spirits and we also need food, clothing and shelter and we are insecure when we lack these things. Furthermore, our insecurity drives us to acquire more than what we really need. This is true for societies and nations as well as individuals and is the root cause of greed.
It is indeed difficult for us to be truly detached from material things because we live in a material world. Yet, if we reflect on our fears and insecurity, we will realize that this is really a lack of trust in the goodness and love of God who made and sustains all things. With the grace of God we can and must overcome our attachment to everything in this life because we are destined by God for a life much greater by His side.
Can we let go of our insecurity and surrender our lives to God? In others words, shall we allow Jesus whom we call Lord to truly be the Lord of our lives?
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:
Charmaine F. Esteban
Atty. Nancy Siy
Tyrone & Letty Tang
Mike & Christine J. Dinh
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
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