Sunday 4 August 2019

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Transfiguration Week II Psalter

18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Ecclesiastes 1:2; 2:21-23. Psalm 89(90):3-6, 12-14, 17. Colossians 3:1-5, 9-11. Luke 12:13-21.

In every age, O Lord, you have been our refuge – Psalm 89(90):3-6, 12-14, 17.

‘People’s lives do not consist in the abundance of their possessions.’

World affairs centre on the economy, shares, bank accounts, profit and loss. Through fear, people accumulate more and more. This addiction is not life-giving. In today’s gospel, Jesus speaks of a new sort of life disposed to the goodness of our loving Father. It is futile to be anxious about your possessions, he says. Your Father will attend to your needs. Just trust.

The rich man in the story made one mistake: he failed in gratitude. He concentrated on his selfishness and greed consumed him. How easy it is to walk down the same path! To place our trust in things.

Let us pray for gratitude and detachment. A gratitude that enables us to share God’s goodness with the less fortunate. A detachment that sets us free from the enslavement of material possessions and greed, so that we can serve God in the least of our brothers and sisters.

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