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

 

A Minute from Malvern 
            
October 22, 2018 –  Monday of the Twenty-Ninth Week in Ordinary Time, Pope John Paul II
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Father John Meyers, Rector
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Click for: Readings for the day (From the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops)

 

 

Gospel LK 12:13-21

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.”

-The tendency to ask Jesus to solve our problems is not a bad one, unless we expect Him to do more for ourselves than we do.  I remember an older priest once saying, “If only people were as diligent about confessing their own sins as they are about confessing those of others, we would have a much happier world.”

-The warnings about the dangers of having too much goes against the grain for those of us who worry about not having enough.  Imagine a large round table with wonderful food in the center that could only be reached by using very elongated spoons.  In one scenario folks are desperately trying to feed themselves, but the food just goes over their shoulders and onto the floor and everyone is starving.  Another scenario is that rather than feed themselves the people use the long spoons to feed one another and everyone is well fed.  This is not communism, but community.  Imagine if certain cells of your body hoarded the food you ate, and allowed the other cells of the body to starve!  This is applicable to families, parishes, nations and the whole planet.  However, this cannot happen through legislation but only through the practice of personal generosity.  Give to whoever is in need along your way.  Trust God to send someone along your way to care for you in your need.  Kindness is contagious.

Questions for Discussion & Decision:

  • If I knew that tonight I would die, how would I live this day differently?
  • Is an economy, based on abundance rather than scarcity possible?
  • Has the Providence of God ever failed to meet my needs (not wants!)?
  • What am I prepared to do differently in light of this Gospel?

Let us pray!

Eternal Word, only begotten Son of God,
Teach me true generosity.
Teach me to serve you as you deserve.
To give without counting the cost,
To fight heedless of wounds,
To labor without seeking rest,
To sacrifice myself without thought of any reward
Save the knowledge that I have done your will.
Amen.

(St. Ignatius of Loyola)

Prosit!

Father John

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