The Gospel Today
Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Someone in the crowd said to Jesus,
“Teacher, tell my brother to share the inheritance with me.”
He replied to him,
“Friend, who appointed me as your judge and arbitrator?”
Then he said to the crowd,
“Take care to guard against all greed,
for though one may be rich,
one’s life does not consist of possessions.”
Then he told them a parable.
“There was a rich man whose land produced a bountiful harvest.
He asked himself, ‘What shall I do,
for I do not have space to store my harvest?’
And he said, ‘This is what I shall do:
I shall tear down my barns and build larger ones.
There I shall store all my grain and other goods
and I shall say to myself, “Now as for you,
you have so many good things stored up for many years,
rest, eat, drink, be merry!”’
But God said to him,
‘You fool, this night your life will be demanded of you;
and the things you have prepared, to whom will they belong?’
Thus will it be for all who store up treasure for themselves
but are not rich in what matters to God.”
Reflection (Sem. Randy Buquis):
The Gospel today is inviting us to trust Jesus as the true provider of all our needs. He wants us to clearly see His mission – the work of salvation. Since he knows everything; what is good for us and what we needed in order to live and survive in this world.
The gospel today reminds me on how His mission became a reality in my BEC exposure. I was able to see the richness of faith of the people in Laak, Compostela Valley despite their sufferings brought about by typhoon Pablo. That’s why every time I shared or introduced myself to them, I always say that even if they have no abundant resources / goods during that time they were still able to survive because of their faith and trust in God and this can be seen in their happiness that were shared during my stay in their area, camaraderie, prayers and their love for God as I experienced it with them.
I realized that even if I have no single centavo in my pocket if I trust and follow God’s mission he will never abandon me. That no matter how difficult our life is if we entrust ourselves in God’s mercy all things will be possible. That’s why it is a difficult decision for me, to enter the seminary since I am the breadwinner in our family. But through the grace of God, He never leaves us alone. As God can see where I cannot see and believing that “with God all things are possible”. That’s why I always pray not only for the abundance of goods but for the richness of faith in order for me to become a witness of God’s love and mercy.