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Rich in what mat­ters to God

- Religion · Spirituality · Saint Paul · Makati City · Philippines

Je­sus teaches His dis­ci­ples how to be rich be­fore God. Else­where, in the para­ble of the Pearl of Great Price (cf Mt 13:45-46), He calls the King­dom of God the great­est trea­sure. One is led to sell all his pos­ses­sions in or­der to pur­chase that one pre­cious pearl.

Many worldly riches com­pete for our at­ten­tion. The Jews see great wealth as a sign of divine fa­vor. Je­sus does not dis­re­gard this way of think­ing, but He warns the Jews about a skewed un­der­stand­ing of own­er­ship. The de­sire to lay up trea­sures for one­self or fam­ily can be en­slav­ing, and the as­sur­ance it gives to peo­ple is il­lu­sory and pass­ing.

Je­sus thus offers us the real and only de­pend­able wealth we need to store in heaven. In con­crete terms, Je­sus teaches us to do this by liv­ing a life of self­less service and sac­ri­fice for oth­ers. He shows that we can be rich in God’s King­dom when we learn to for­give sin­ners and to care for those in the fringes of so­ci­ety with­out call­ing at­ten­tion to our­selves.

Se­cu­rity is to be found in what one is be­fore God.

Gospel • 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.”

SOURCE: “366 Days with the Lord 2020,” ST. PAULS, 7708 St. Paul Rd., SAV, Makati City (Phils.); Tel.: 632-895-9701; Fax 632-895-7328; E-mail: pub­lish­; Web­site:

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