Gospel: Luke 12:13-21
Someone in the crowd said to Jesus, “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.”
Our gospel for today is from Luke 12:13-21. This talks about the parable of the rich fool. This gospel reminds us in every way we are today. We are like the rich fool accumulating all the wealth in this world yet we forgot to make our souls full. The gospel from Luke 12:13-21 is very clear in its message towards us. We must fill our souls first with good deeds to rich.
Money and worldly possessions are nothing because when we die, we leave them to the earth. It is then our souls that we need to fill out with good deeds. Our souls must be like piggy banks in the making. This is the true message of the gospel from Luke 12:13-21.
Our souls are large piggy-banks that we need to fill out with virtues and good deeds. This is our only way to heaven. We must prepare ourselves for we do not know when we are due. When that time comes, our body will separate from our souls. We can’t bring our wealth when we die. It is better to look at things at a different perspective when God wants us to do well. This parable will remind us that we don’t need worldly things for we will leave them all soon. This is what the gospel in Luke 12:13-21 is telling us.
We must learn to be thankful and not be greedy toward everything. We must learn to do things without asking for something in return. We must ask God for enlightenment and more freedom to be able to share our blessings to others. We must remember that it is not bad to be rich, only if you are willing to help others. In our world, rich peopled becomes greedier while the poor becomes poorest.
Only the grace of God can help us with all our tribulations in life. We must be thankful for the blessings we received each day since the day we were born. – Clea | Helpline PH