Homily August 4, 2013 18th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Fr Joe R on July 30, 2013

Vanity of vanities, all things are vanity. Qoheleth, the voice of Ecclesiastes talks of things, possessions and how we hold them in vain. What profit is there when in the end they pass on to another? This same theme we see in the Gospel and in the parable of the rich farmer. Riches and comfort are not what it is about. Certainly, there is nothing wrong with possessions and being rich, the danger lies in greed, in worrying about the “I” rather than what life is about, the “we”. Life and creation is about people and love of God for those made in his image. As a people of God we are called to reach out and share his love in any way we can. Possessions and things are only a means to an end in bringing ourselves to God. Those who are without are not necessarily closer to God, as often the simple task of eking out their existence can be so time-consuming and depressing and tiring, that they have trouble seeing outside of their own situation.

If we look around us today, I am afraid we see a lot of such poverty here in our own country and countries throughout the rest of the world. As Christians, the parable today reminds us that greed and selfishness really has no payoff. What we have is gone when we die. At that point, what we have done and what we have been is important. Things are really only tools or extensions of what we are. We can use them for showing and sharing God’s love or we can hoard them and be like the rich man overly concerned about things and comfort.

Christianity is a challenge, it is a risk. Christ said “take up your cross and follow Me”. That cross is living day after day as he did and walking as he walked seeking out all who would respond. Every day we walk the earth as Jesus did, but how much time and effort do we give to look around and see the good things and share ourselves with one another. No one said it would be easy, but on the other hand it can become second nature if we prayerfully commit ourselves to living out that challenge. The Eucharist is our daily bread given just so we can carry that cross in every moment of our life.


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  1. Lorena Keck said, on July 30, 2013 at 11:40 am

    Christ’s cross literally means death. We are to die to self and let His Spirit live through us.(Galatians 2:20 and Luke 9:23-25) Your comments are true, and these verses just add to the depth of meaning of Christ’s and our crosses.

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