Monday of the Twenty-Ninth Week in Ordinary Time
Malvern Minute


Memorial Feast of St. John DeBreuf and St. Isaac Jogues and Companions
October 19, 2020
Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta
Saint Mary Magdalen Parish, Media, PA
Today’s Gospel narrative used to surprise me.  I would read Jesus’ parable about the man with the great harvest who wanted to build barns to store the extra grain in it.  Well, why not?  In the Old Testament, didn’t Joseph save his eleven brothers as well as the Egyptians from a famine by looking ahead and storing up grain?  Shake your heads up and down because the answer is yes!
But in this story, Jesus tells us that God announces the man will die tonight, in spite of his careful planning.  In my earlier wondering about what Jesus was trying to tell us about saving, there was one key line I had overlooked.  It is the very last line of the Gospel which reads, “Thus will it be for the one who stores up treasure for himself but is not rich in what matters to God.”
It is not the number of barns or the amount of grain that is stored in them.  It is that the man became unbalanced in his life and the barns and the grain took on too much emphasis.  He thought he could manage his life on his own, without God’s help.  
All of today’s readings remind us that we are God’s creation, and that our salvation is not our own doing, it is God’s gift not a reward for anything we have or anything we have personally accomplished.  It’s hard for us to accept that we aren’t doing anything to earn salvation.  But, in many ways, we aren’t.  It’s a pure and simple gift of God’s incredible love for us.  It is given to us, not because we deserve it, but because, as Psalm 100 reminds us today, the Lord made us, we belong to Him.  There is absolutely nothing we can do on our own in this world.  It is nice to turn over control of our lives to someone who loves us so very much.
Friends, we could make our lives much easier on ourselves, if we could only let go of the controls and turn them over to God.  We must keep our focus, keep our balance and keep our perspective at all times.  Was must keep our eye on our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. 
Question of the Day:  Will you allow the teachings of Jesus be the source to control the decisions you make in this life?
Prayer:  Lord Jesus, Your Holy Words have given me a good start.  Let me also have a good end.  Amen.
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