Reflection From Fr. Taylor: July 31, 2016, 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reflection from Fr. Taylor, July 31, 2016, 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

In our country a great deal of importance is put upon material possessions. As a matter of fact many work a long life to be able to have plenty of material things and money when retirement comes. However life teaches us that these possessions of ours will not last long. This is why it is so important to share the goods that we have while we still have them. Money and material goods do not give us happiness nor long life, but many people choose to not see it this way. The foolish wisdom is that if I have enough then I will be happy for years to come.

We know that life is a very fragile thing, and what we have today can easily be gone tomorrow. That is one of the reasons why we as a church community are called always to share our goods with one another. It is only in giving that we receive, and it is only in giving that we find real happiness. The accumulation of wealth and material goods do not bring real joy in life, only false security. When life is all about me then God has no place and neither does our neighbor. As a matter of fact we can come to a point in life where we see no need for the church.

Jesus’ comments goes right to the heart of this sad story in the   gospel.  “Thus will it be for the one who stores up treasure for himself, but is not rich in the matters of God.”  Most of us do not consider ourselves rich or wealthy, but we have other things in life that we can hoard. We have gifts, talents, skills, personal qualities and education that could enrich the lives of those around us, but we can be selfish and hold them all to ourselves.

There is a whole world out there that needs each and every one of us. And there are times in life when we need the help of many others. Let’s think about that. What of my many gifts do I have that I can share with another?




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