Lord, my comfort and security come from you alone.

“Even though you have many possessions, it is not what gives you life.” When we hear something like this our natural defense mechanisms kick in, causing us to think that we don’t value possessions much. We say to ourselves that we are not rich; we don’t have abundant possessions, and we live differently. Most of our lives, however, are engaged in collecting more things and desiring more things.

The man of today’s Gospel reading was a fool because he grew “rich for himself instead of growing rich in the sight of God”. God our Father is rich in mercy. He also possesses the great and unfathomable wealth of His grace. As God the Father’s children, we inherit even now “the wealth of His glorious heritage to be distributed among the members of the Church”. God’s children are the richest people in the world, but not necessarily rich by worldly standards.

The man we read about today decided to save for the future. He said to himself: “You have blessings in reserve for years to come. Relax! Eat heartily, drink well. Enjoy yourself” (Lk 12:19). In today’s culture, we would call him a “wise man,” “but God said to him, ‘You fool!’ ” (Lk 12:20) Unless we receive a special revelation as did Joseph, we are not to save our money and possessions; rather, we are to distribute them. This comes as a terrible shock to a society full of savings accounts. Let’s ask ourselves how we would feel if we lost it all? What if we lost our home, car and bank account? How then would we feel? We certainly recognize that for most of us some possessions as well as shelter are necessary evils for our sheer survival. We should not, however, become unduly attached to them. Who among us can say that, while we accept good things from God, we also accept bad luck? The only way we should live to realize and accept God’s truth: our life is, indeed, worth more than our possessions. It is good to be prudent for our material welfare; but let’s also be prudent spiritually. We will all die and our possessions will go to someone else; so let’s provide for that as well!

We grow “rich in the sight of God” by inheriting as fully as possible His riches. We do this by living fully our Baptisms as faithful sons and daughters of God our Father. We store up riches in heaven by selling what we have and giving alms. To build a secure foundation for the future, we should “be rich in good works and generous, sharing what” we have. God the Father wants His children to be rich with His riches and by His standards. Forfeit everything: count “all else rubbish so that Christ may be” your Wealth. Grow “rich in the sight of God.”

We pray:

Jesus, our faith can be so easily undermined. The world works against our faith: many say there is no God, and others act as though you, Lord, no longer matter. There are false gods which we are told to worship—money, possessions, success. Yet, Lord, you said that our life is not made secure by what we own, even when we have more than we need.

Dear Jesus, I pray that these words will sink deep into my heart and mind. May my faith in you grow as I break away from the false gods that I worship, and may I grow more and more in the realization that my comfort and security come from you alone.


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