Eighteenth Sunday in ordinary time 31 July 2022

‘Where there’s a will there are relatives’!   Even in Jesus’ time this old saying seems true.

Someone in the crowd asks Jesus “Teacher, tell my brother to share the inheritance with me.”  While rejecting the position of judge and arbitrator Jesus warns the crowd, and us, to “Take care to guard against all greed, for though one may be rich, one’s life does not consist of possessions.”  Jesus uses the occasion to tell the parable of the rich fool.

I may think this doesn’t apply to me because I’m not storing up riches!

Life does not consist in possessions but in sharing what we possess with others.  Sharing our God given talents, our patience, compassion, a listening ear…

Steve Jobs, a man of considerable wealth and possessions, had an awakening in his final days and is reported as having said ‘Treasure love for your family, love for your spouse, love for your friends. Treat yourself well and cherish others. As we grow older, and hopefully wiser, we realize that a $3000 or a $30 watch both tell the same time. You will realize that your true inner happiness does not come from the material things of this world. Whether you fly first class or economy, if the plane goes down—you go down with it.’

Vanity of vanities, says Qoheleth, vanity of vanities! All is vanity!” (1st reading)

How many awakenings do I need before I finally get the message?  Recently, I got a reminder of the futility of possessions with the sudden and unexpected death of one of our sisters, may she rest in peace.

Fill us at daybreak with your kindness,
that we may shout for joy and gladness all our days.
And may the gracious care of the LORD our God be ours. (Ps.90)


Bridget O’Driscoll, OP

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