Pastors Desk: 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time/B

Posted 13th October 2018 in Pastor's Desk

Pastor’s Desk 14th October 2018 - Twenty Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time/B

harvest-the-richness1You only have to check the glossy magazines in the Dentist or Doctor’s waiting room to see how preoccupied many of us are with the lives of the rich and famous. Many stars receive enormous sums of money by allowing these publications exclusive access to their weddings or their homes etc. Magazines like this are big business and make handsome profits from sales to anyone who likes to keep up to date with these so called ‘stars’. From time to time newspapers print lists of the Wealthiest people in the world whose collective fortunes run into Billions. For some it’s a huge status symbol to be included on the list. A person’s success or status is often judged by the amount of money they have made over time.

In today’s gospel the young man who was essentially a good living and kind person asks Jesus what he has to do to inherit eternal life. Jesus knows he is a good individual but challenges him even further by telling him that he needs to give up everything he has in order to achieve his goal. Sadly, the man is unable to give up his great wealth and he leaves feeling disheartened and empty handed. It’s worth noting here that two other well-known rich men, St. Francis and St. Ignatius of Loyola, were prompted by the Lord to abandon their wealth in order to answer God’s call.

None of us are wealthy like this man was or the rich and famous are today. We may be struggling to keep on top of bills and other day-to-day living expenses. But we are wealthy in the knowledge that God is with us throughout our lives. In good times and in bad. So we are on a different type of ‘Rich List’. To share in that richness we need to recognise that all the other material wealth is transitory and of no use to us in the next world.

Fr. Gerry