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Gospel Reflection for 28th Sunday Ordinary Time, Year B, October 14th 2018
We hear today of a rich person very attracted by the message of Jesus but something in him couldn’t let go of his wealth. Whatever about the call to him to give everything away, all of us still today are asked by Jesus to consider what our wealth is for, and how to deal with it? Wealth in individuals and in nations can lead to great happiness and prosperity, so let’s be grateful for what we have, and for the people who have made our wealth possible. And then we wonder how best contribute to others through our wealth.
Pope Francis often speaks of wealth: ‘Wealth ensures nothing. Indeed, once we think we are rich, we can become so self-satisfied that we leave no room for God’s word, for the love of our brothers and sisters, or for the enjoyment of the most important things in life’ (Gaudete Et Exsultate, 2018, par 68). The rich man knew something like this, because he went away ‘sad’.
Recessions have brought us often to some insights about the place of wealth and its trappings in our lives. The church is also challenged to live its poverty rather than just talk about it. Many in our family and among our friends came on hard times in the last few years and the generosity of others, like parents, family and friends, was remarkable. The question for us today is – how generous am I with what I have, and how can I improve the lives of others with what I have.
Lord Jesus, help me to share, as best I can with my many obligations, what I have.
Donal Neary SJ
Editor of The Sacred Heart Messenger and National Director of The Apostleship of Prayer