Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the family inheritance with me.” But he said to him, “Friend, who set me to be a judge or arbitrator over you?” And he said to them, “Take care! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of possessions.”
Then he told them a parable: “The land of a rich man produced abundantly. And he thought to himself, ‘What should I do, for I have no place to store my crops?’ Then he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, ‘Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.’ But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life is being demanded of you. And the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ So it is with those who store up treasures for themselves but are not rich toward God.”
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Take care to guard against all greed, for though one may be rich, one’s life does not consist of possessions. [Luke 12: 15]
We enter life and leave it owning nothing, and a blip on the stock market, a single wrong decision, or an unpredictable accident can wipe out what we think we own in the intervening years. The bedrock of God’s love can feel like an illusion, but it turns out to be the only solid truth.
—Margaret Silf, 2011: A Book of Grace-Filled Days © 2009 Loyola Press, Chicago, IL. For more Ignatian spiritual resources from Loyola Press, please visit www.loyolapress.com
Lord, as we move through our day, remove our blinders that cause us to overlook so many blessings in our lives. We do not want to take for granted the beauty of the earth, the pets that love us unconditionally, the loyalty of family and friends, or the material goods that surround us.
We also do not want to forget those who have asked us to pray for them. We ask that you restore them to health, provide financial assistance, give them the strength needed to face an uphill climb, provide meaningful work, and protect and guide the children of so many. With a heart of gratitude we embrace this day, Lord.
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