Sunday 8 May 2016

18th Sunday of OT, year ’C’ 18e dimanche du TO, année ’C’

“Watch and be on your guard against avarice of any kind, for life does not consist in possessions, even when someone has more than he needs.”

Qo.2,21-23 Ps.89 Col.3,9-1 Lk.12,13-21

18th Sunday of Ordinary Time, year ’C’

"A man in the crowd said to Jesus ’Master, tell my bother to give me a share of our inheritance.’ Jesus said to him ’My friend, who appointed me your judge, or the arbitrator of your claim?’

If we need to respect what is humanly necessary for life, we need to honour even more so our spiritual dimension in life.

The way we live on this earth enlightens the aim we give ourselves for our existence : either everything ends with earthly life, or else this life is a step towards eternal life for us.

We need to be in coherence with what we live and with what we believe.

The present life is the start of eternal life, it is a preparation for the ultimate encounter with the God of Love.

In the Gospel, beginning with a conflictual situation, Jesus does what he normally does, he looks towards the person who is speaking to him, opens him up to look squarely in the face at true values in life, and has him go further.

It is the capacity to love and be loved which give meaning and value to our lives. The rest is an illusion.

In the heart of mankind there are fears and desires which push him to seek for material goods. In the search to possess goods we are looking for a security which will calm our fears about the future, or the satisfaction of our desire for power and glory.

“Then he said to them ’Watch, and be on your guard against avarice of any kind, for life does not consist in possessions, even when someone has more than he needs.’

Then he told them a parable, ’There was once a rich man who, having had a good harvest from his land, thought to himself ’What am I to do? I have not enough room to store my crops.’ Then he said ’This is what I will do : I will pull down my barns and build bigger ones, and store al my goods and my grains in them.”

Jesus reminds us how the increase of material goods doesn’t add anything to the happiness of our earthly life. One day we are going to have to leave this life for life with God. We are destined for this life.

From this moment on, we are to strive towards spiritual realities which are the only things that will go beyond death.

God Love has placed in us a capacity to love and to be loved so as to welcome Love itself. Our life is from now on hidden in God and we are risen with Christ and so we seek realities of above.

During our earthly life it is a question of working so a s to increase our capacity to love which ill have us cross the threshold of death.

The manner by which we make us of material goods is the criteria of genuine love, it is by this we can judge our life.

“Then I will say to my soul : My soul, you have plenty of good things laid by for many years to come ; take things easy, eat, drink, have a good time.’ But God said to him, ’Fool! This very night the demand will be made for your soul ; and this hoard of yours, whose will it be then?’

So it is when someone stores up treasure for himself instead of becoming rich in the sight of God.”

The world is greedy for material goods and thinks it will find security in material goods alone. Full of itself, the world is in an illusion, God alone is Master of death and life! Mankind is merely the depositor to bring about the genuine love of the Kingdom of God.

The aim of our passage on earth is the sharing and gift of the smallest one of the Kingdom. This is how we prepare a treasure for Heaven.

To become rich for God, with the Saviour Jesus of our life, means to enter into a dynamic of detachment concerning material goods so as to be in communion of Love all together.

We need to understand that love that is shared and received is the place where we bring about our true human success.

And so we shall leave our fears and desires of power behind us, so as to find in God, and in love that is shared, our security and our happiness.

Sharing, welcome of the other person and especially the littles ones and the poor is a treasure in itself and a wealth for God.

All things come from God, everything is given for sharing, this is how the Kingdom of God is built here on earth.

We ask for the grace to look at Jesus who enlightens us in all that God gives to us.