Sunday, October 22, 2017
MONDAY, 28th Week in Ordinary Time
October 23, 2017 – MONDAY, 28th Week in Ordinary Time
St. John of Capistrano, Priest Green
Rom 4: 20 -25 / Lk 12: 13- 21
Born in Italy St. John of Capistrano (1386- 1456) was a Franciscan preacher and missionary in eastern Europe who joined the crusades against the Turks.
FROM THE FIRST READING: Rom 4: 20- 22
Abraham did not doubt nor did he distrust the promise of God, and by being strong in faith, he gave glory to God: he was convinced that he who has given the promise had power to fulfill it. This was taken into account for him to attain righteousness.
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 build bigger ones to store all the grain, which is my wealth. Then I may say to myself: My friend, you have a lot of good things put up 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 instead of amassing for God."
The Gospel reading today exemplifies selfishness of so many. To the rich man so obsessed and successful in amassing great wealth God says: "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 instead of amassing for God.
Why is there so much greed among people? Why are there so many workaholics and hoarders, misers and Scrooges, thieves and plunderers? Because for them money and wealth are happiness and power.
As the Gospel reading tells us we cannot carry our wealth with us when we die. What for have we labored for and amassed so much? Instead why have we not amassed wealth "for God"? How ready have we been to share what we have, our wealth with those in need? How generous have we been with what we have?
In the first reading we hear of Abraham who trusted in God, who amassed wealth for God and who was then rewarded by God.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:
IAN PHILIPPE W. CUYEGKENG
IN MEMORIAM (†)
CRESCENCIA D. LAO
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