Monday 21 October 2019

About Today Readings

Romans 4:20-25. Luke 1:69-75. Luke 12:13-21.

Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, he has come to his people – Luke 1:69-75

‘One’s life does not consist in the abundance of possessions’

Following Jesus means living counter-culturally. Everywhere there are advertisements telling us we need bigger, better, newer possessions. But Jesus tells us, quite bluntly, that those of us with ample goods could be rich fools.

We cannot love both God and our possessions. We cannot eat, drink and be merry while our neighbours are hungry and cold. If we do not share what we have, we become spiritually impoverished. We need to guard against our greed and reject the false promises of our consumer society.

Christ my brother, be for me my sure foundation, my rock in whom I can trust. When I feel compelled to place my hope in possessions and material signs of prosperity, renew the sense of call I feel, and prepare me to take time alone with you. Send me out as your disciple, strengthened and renewed by your abiding presence.

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