MONDAY OF THE TWENTY-NINTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME OCTOBER 21, 2019
A reading from the holy Gospel according to 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 the one who stores up treasure for himself but is not rich in what matters to God."
REFLECTION: "Take care to guard against all greed, for though one may be rich, one's life does not consist of possessions."
The brothers are telling Jesus what to do--"Tell my brother to share the inheritance with me." And Jesus said, "Take care to guard against all greed, for though one may be rich, one's life does not consist of possessions."
Martha tells Jesus-- "Tell her (Mary) to help me." Jesus answers her, " Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things." (Luke 10:38-42)
Peter tells Jesus --"Go away from me, I am a sinful man." Then Jesus said to Simon, "Don't be afraid, from now on you will fish for people." (Luke 5:8-10)
Everytime we demand, ask or complain to Jesus, He points out where we went wrong.
We are invited to talk with Jesus and to listen in silence for His reply.
Yes, we will hear from Jesus, just heed His words.