Monday of the Twenty-Ninth Week in Ordinary Time
October 19, 2020
Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta
Memorial Feast: Saints John De Brebeuf, Isaac Jogues, and Companions, Martyrs, Patron Saints of North America
Readings: Letter of Saint Paul to the Ephesians 2:1-10; Psalm 100:2-5; Luke 12:13-21
Today’s Gospel narrative use to surprise me. I would read Jesus’ parable about the man with the great harvest and how he wanted to build barns to store the extra grain in. Well, why not? In the Old Testament, didn’t Joseph save his eleven brothers, as well as the Egyptians, from a famine by planning ahead and storing up grain? Shake your heads up and down because the answer is—Yes!
However in this story, Jesus tells us that God announces the man will die in spite of his careful planning. In my earlier wonderings about what Jesus was trying to tell us about saving, there was one key line I had overlooked. It is in the very last line of the Gospel which reads, “Thus will it be for the one who stores up treasure for himself but is not rich in what matters to God.”
It is not about the number of barns, or the amount of grain that is stored in them. It is that the man became unbalanced in his life and the barns and the grain took on too much emphasis. He thought he could manage his life on his own, without God’s help.
All of today’s readings remind us that we are God’s creation, and our salvation is not our own doing. It is God’s gift. It is not a reward for anything we have or anything we have accomplished. It’s hard for us to accept that we aren’t doing anything to earn salvation. It’s a pure and simple gift of God’s incredible love for us. It is given to us not because we deserve it, but because as Psalm 100 reminds us today: the Lord made us, we belong to Him. There is absolutely nothing we can do on our own in this world. It is nice to turn over control of our lives to someone who loves us so very much.
We could make our lives much easier on ourselves—if we could only let go of the controls and turn them over to God. We must keep our focus, keep our balance, and keep our perspective at all times. We must keep our eyes on our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Question of the Day: Will you allow the teachings of Jesus be the source to control the decisions you make in this life?
Prayer: Lord Jesus, Your Holy Words have given me a good start. Let me also have a good end. Amen.