Monday, October 20, 2014
29th Week in Ordinary Time
1st Reading: Eph 2:1-10
Gospel: Luke 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 this grain, which is my wealth. Then I may 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 instead of amassing for God.”
(Daily Gospel in the Assimilated Life Experience)
Today’s Gospel message takes us to the classic story of a dog walking down a bridge with a bone between its jaws. The dog saw its own image reflected on the water under the bridge. Thinking it was another dog with a bone in its mouth, the dog barked at its own shadow, and the bone fell into the water under the bridge.
The moral is: the greedy keeps things exclusively to his own enjoyment and covets even the little that others have. Soon they lose all, even their own life. As today’s Gospel warns, one must not stand secure over his bounty because night can snatch light from day any moment and with it, his own life.
In time of abundance, man becomes blind to the true nature of material things. Only under death’s ultraviolet light can a person discern the true color of possessions. Consider how his abundant harvest made the man in today’s Gospel forget about the shortness of his life. Had he been aware that he could die anytime he wouldn’t have found any sense building a very big barn to hoard the produce of his farm. Things would have been different if he built a bigger barn to store more so he could share more to people who are less fortunate. Then the bigger barn would have made sense because God usually elects generous people to be channels of distribution of his grace to his people.
The value of our existence lies in stewardship. We are only caretakers of what we have. If by our industry we produce more for having exercised responsibly our role as stewards, that degree of hard work does not entitle us to get more than what is equitable. How much do we really need? Very little indeed…, if you want peace! Learn from the dog. The more possessions you keep, the more selfish dogs bark at you. Rev. Fr. Dan Domingo P. delos Angeles, Jr., DM. Email:firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: www.frdan.org.
Prayer for the day: God our Father give us wisdom so that, knowing our role as stewards of this material world, we may learn to share from our abundance through Christ our Lord. Amen.
SAINT OF THE DAY: ST. BERTILLA BOSCARDIN, Virgin. She was born in
1888 into a humble family of peasants. She worked as a servant before
joining the Sisters of St. Dorothy of Vicenza. She was given the
lowliest chores in the convent. Upon her assignment to the hospital of
Treviso, operated by her Order, she was trained to be a nurse. Her
devotion to her work was indefatigable, despite suffering cancer. She
died in 1922 and was canonized by Pope John XXIII.