REFLECTION FOR TODAY,
October 19, 2020
By Fr. Andrew Ibegbulem, OSA
“‘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.” Luke 12:20-21
There is no doubt that people want to live a good life. But that also depends on what people think is good. Some would think that a good life is one that is comfortable and secure with enough of money. Others would think that a good life is one without the worries of life and to do what they like in life.
In the parable, the rich man thought that he was going to have a good life with the good harvest from his land. With plenty of good things laid by for many years to come, he was thinking of taking life easy, and eat and drink and have a good time. But God called him a “fool” for storing up treasure for himself in place of making himself rich in the sight of God.
Our Bible reference above is the response from God to one who decides to make worldly wealth his goal. In this parable, the rich man had such a bountiful harvest that he decided to tear down his old barns and build bigger ones so as to store the harvest. Little did this man realize that his life would soon come to an end and that all he stored up would never be used by him.
The contrast in this parable is between an abundance of earthly wealth and wealth in what matters to God. Sure, it may be possible to be rich in both, but accomplishing this would be quite difficult.
One straightforward challenge of this Gospel is to eliminate the desire for material wealth. This is hard to do. It’s not that material wealth is evil, it’s just that it is a serious temptation. The temptation is to trust in material things for satisfaction rather than trusting only in God. Material wealth should be understood to be a true temptation that must be kept in check.
Reflect, today, upon your desire for wealth. Let this Gospel offer you a straightforward challenge regarding your desire for riches. Be honest and look into your heart. Do you spend much time thinking about money and material possessions? Seek God above all things and let Him alone be your satisfaction.
Lord, I desire to be truly rich in grace and mercy rather than in material things. Help me to always keep the proper priorities in life and to be purified in all of my desires. Jesus, I trust in You.