October 20, 2008
Monday of the Twenty-Ninth Week in Ordinary Time
Luke 12: 13-21
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 the one who stores up treasure for himself but is not rich in what matters to God."
Introductory Prayer: Lord, I know that my riches are in heaven and that you hold the key to that treasure. I want your reward and your treasure, Jesus. I know that I have been purchased at an amazing price.
Petition: God, help me to seek you and only you, rather than the treasures of this world.
It is easy to get caught up in the things of this world – money, greed, time, work, addiction. They create holes in us that should be filled only by the true healer; but we, seeking to do our own thing, seek treasures here on this earth in the hope of healing our broken, disharmonized selves. But earthly things often only add to the disharmony in our lives. What earthly treasures are causing me to live in disharmony?
2. Personal Growth
Recognizing the disharmony in my life is the first step in healing. With this recognition comes the understanding that nothing can fill those voids other than the true Redeemer. Remember that the kingdom of God is whole, is true, and is perfect. Spiritual health and growth require love offerings to and resting in the love of Christ, so that we may make steady progress. The simplest way to personal growth is to grow in love for Christ, to seek constantly to reach him. Perseverance is key.
We should rejoice, for the Lord has promised us great things so that we may align our hearts with his. Christ came and said, “I am here,” so that we might be helped by him and blessed abundantly by him. Harmony is achieved through being a meek and humble servant, being ready to be used by Christ for God’s loving action. It is with a love that pours itself out for others that we truly love ourselves and find self-realization and greatness. Joy in the servant’s heart brings him harmony with the heart’s Creator.
Conversation with Christ: Jesus, help me to know myself and to know where my disharmony lies. What am I doing that causes me to be distant from you? I desire only to serve you, Lord. Help me to grow, precisely through loving you and others. I know, Lord, this is how I grow in harmony with your love.
Resolution: I resolve, Lord, to find those places where I am weak for worldly desires and to take the strength of those worldly passions and use it for the service and love of others.
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