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The good news for the day October 17

Monday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time (473)

Someone in the crowd once said to Jesus, “Professor, tell my brother to share the inheritance with me.” Jesus replied, “Friend, who has made me as your judge and arbitrator?” Then Jesus said to the public, “Take care to guard against all greed, for though somebody may be wealthy, your life does not consist of possessions.” Then he told them a parable. “There once was a rich man whose property produced a profitable income. He asked himself, ‘What am I going to do? I don’t have any place to store my harvest?’ Finally, he said, ‘This is what I shall do: I shall tear down my ramshackle buildings and build bigger ones. There I shall put in storage all my gains and other goods; I’ll just tell myself, “Now as for you—you have so many good things stored for many years to come—you can rest, eat, drink, have fun!”’ But God said to him, ‘You fool, tonight your life will be demanded of you—what you have prepared, to whom will they go?’ That’s how it will be for the anybody who stores up treasure for himself but isn’t rich in what matters to God.” (Luke 12)

Being rich in what matters to God—concludes this little story.  You and I—and so many Americans—have a flavor of greed in our lives, a worry that we need more money, more security, more retirement income, more insurance and more long-term this and that.

This Gospel reminds us that pursuing money and security leads us astray. What motivates the follower of Jesus is—the Sermon on the Mount, serving others, dedication to God’s Family and, basically, caring for others, not ourselves. Goodness comes back to you—the spiritual wealth of the Family of God you cared for will care for you—that is the outlook of Jesus.

If you are selfish, however, and focus on “I’ and “my” worries—the less you enjoy the bounty of God, beauty in creation, satisfaction that comes in truly helping one another. Teachers, nurses, certain public servants—find this wealth that is not money at all—but love, gratitude and help when needed. If you help others, God sends help to you. That is true wealth.

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