Pastor's Desk: 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted 3rd August 2013 in Pastor's Desk

In place of the Pastor’s Desk this week, we include the following extract from Intercom Magazine:

The Deep End - My Freezer is Too Full

Do an internet search for ‘middle class problems’ or ‘first world problems’, and you’ll find lists of complaints about just how challenging modern life can be. There are gems such as ‘I can’t believe I bought a toaster with no bagel setting’; ‘Had to turn down the brightness on the iPad because it hurt my eyes’; or ‘My freezer is too full and stuff falls out every time I open it’.

They are tongue in cheek, of course, but they do highlight our tendency to worry about material things, and to forget what is important. Most of us do tend to accumulate possessions over time. Many of us like to have the latest phone or laptop, furniture, clothes or car. The character in today’s Gospel had such a good harvest of crops that he ran out of space. He built bigger barns and then sat back to ‘eat , drink, have a good time’ - a phrase which is often translated into the popular expression ‘eat, drink and be merry!’ Yet things did not go according to plan.

Today’s readings offer us an opportunity to examine our relationship with possessions. The Vikings believed you could take riches with you when you died, and filled boats with treasures to take into the afterlife. We know that we come into this world with nothing and leave with nothing. Rather than collecting riches for ourselves, our thoughts should be on ‘heavenly things, not on the things that are on the earth’. What treasures are important to us?

Tríona Doherty

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