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. Dondon O. Dimaano)
The Gospel today makes me reflect on what is important and necessary in life. Working in the corporate world for nine years before entering the seminary and submitting myself to priestly formation, I was lured into believing that having possessions play central in life. I worked hard trying to prove my worth; I had to climb the corporate ladder and earn the approval of my superiors. All of these would translate to success. Money is everything; wealth defines a person I thought.
But false happiness never last. There comes a point in my life wherein I felt that I was called to this kind of life, quite far from what I dreamt of. But following the will of God proves to be the greatest treasure. Here in the seminary, I have seen how God has created wonders and surprises in my life and I do not regret this one necessary decision that I have made in my life. I know that I must order things according to what pleases Him which would lead me closer to His will. But this entails many dying to myself, letting go of the past and trusting God who has never tired of drawing me to Himself.
I am defined not by what I have, but who I have, or even, whose I am. For one like me who experienced mercy and love from the Lord can only respond by opening myself up to His grace and ordering myself to those that will lead me fullness of life.