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Monday 19th October

29th Week in Ordinary Time
Memorial of Saints John de Brébeuf and Isaac Jogues,
Priests, and Companions, Martyr

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.” [Luke 12:13-21]

Money and possessions are important but they must not consume our lives. We all need things to live, and it’s definitely not a sin to enjoy our possessions, however it’s important to remember where our focus needs to lie. As Pope Pius XI said, we need to keep our eyes on heaven, being poor or rich doesn’t make a difference, it’s where our heart lies that matters the most. We don’t want to land up like the man in the Gospel who focused solely on worldly possessions that in the end were meaningless!

There is no amount of possessions that will be able to leave us feeling fulfilled. If we desire peace and true satisfaction in this life we need to search for God – He is the one who can fulfill the desires of our heart, that can truly make us joyful. We need to keep our eyes fixed on heaven, on our relationship with God to ensure that we are living a life that will be meaningful. We need to focus on storing up treasures in heaven by living out the fruits of the spirit – love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, self-control, gentleness, faithfulness and kindness – it is these fruits that will make us truly rich.

Father, help us to view money and possessions through your eyes and to live out the fruits of the Spirit so that we can be truly rich.

By Steven Bird

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