Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
“Avoid greed in all its forms” Luke 12:15a
Today’s readings remind us to set our hearts on the Kingdom of God. The first reading insists that “All things are vanity!” For the author, vanity meant “emptiness” or “straw.” He is telling us that it is useless to set our hearts on things that must be left behind when we die. / Ecclesiates 1:2; 2:21-23
In this reading we are reminded that the life of a Christian should reflect the values of Jesus. “Seek what is above,” we are told. Put aside lies and idols and evil desires. Be formed in the image of God. Live as though you truly believe in the kingdom, or reign, of God that Jesus proclaimed. / Colossians 3:1-5, 9-11
A man wants Jesus to settle a squabble about an inheritance, but Jesus will have no part of it. Concern about money prevents people from focusing on the reign of God. The parable of the rich farmer shows how foolish it is to keep piling up possessions. Right when the greedy man is gorging himself on food and drink, he dies. Death prevents any chance of reform. / Luke 12:13-21
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What good deeds will follow me to the other side of life?