Jesus 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.”
Have you noticed that our pursuit for more material possessions are usually motivated by worry? For example, have you ever thought that if you just had enough money, you would not have to worry so much? This worry causes many to strive to be rich and accumulate an abundance of possessions. Jesus warns that our desire to be rich should be heavenly focused rather than earthly focused since our life belongs to God.
What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishments? In your life, who influenced you the most? What did your family mean to you? Who did you listen to the most? Who should you have listened to? What did you consider to be important? If there was anything you could have changed, what would it have been? What advice would you like to give to your loved ones; to others?
In today’s Gospel, the Lord tells his listeners a parable regarding a man who stored up treasure on earth but forgot about the things that mattered most. One night he passed away, unexpectedly. God said to the man, “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.
The command is clear: Protect yourself from the unquenchable desire for more and more possessions. The reason is clear: God is not impressed by how much we accumulate. Therefore, knowing your life belongs to God, use the possessions you have to meet your needs and the needs of others. If you do this, you demonstrate that you are a follower and worshipper of Jesus Christ.
We do not know the hour or the day in which our journey on earth will end. It is good to start thinking about what matters most and to write it all down. Believe me, this is not just practical advice for the elderly, the sick or the dying. This is something that we should all be doing, and periodically updating. Even kids should be doing this. They could do it in religion class. It will help them to focus more on what matters the most (God, family and friends) and less on what matters the least: themselves and being popular.
Rev’d. Fr. Colin Humes