Monday of the 29th week in ordinary time year A

Rom. 4: 20-25      Luke 12:13-21

Theme: Where is your treasure?

In the gospel reading from St. Luke, Jesus gives us a parable that most of us, if not all of us can easily relate with. The man in the parable was more concerned about the physical treasure he has built for himself, forgetting that everything is not dependent on him alone. Suffice it to say that he overlooked what mattered most, which is God and concentrated on his personal achievements. It is very easy for us to find fault in the action of the man, but the truth is that some of us make the same mistake that the man made. Human effort is very important, if we want to be a success in life. But the blessing of God is more important in our lives, and we must always appreciate his blessings and favours in any success that we achieve in our lives.

In today’s gospel reading, Jesus referred to the man as a fool, because he chose to build his treasure here on earth, instead of building it in heaven. This brings me to a very important question that we must reflect on today, where do you build your treasure, here on earth like the man in Jesus’ parable or in heaven? Jesus is encouraging us today to build our treasure in heaven, where it cannot be stolen from us or destroyed; it will be eternal. We can build our treasure in heaven by living a life of faith and righteousness, just like our father Abraham in the 1st reading of today. When we do this, we allow God to lead us while we follow behind; we simply let go and let God. We are privileged people as children of God and Christians, we already have a platform on which we can build, if we truly want to build our treasure in heaven, as advocated by Jesus Christ himself in the gospel reading of today.

The good news is that it is never too late to begin this journey of building our treasure in heaven, as against building it on earth. Let us make conscious effort to live our daily life as children of God that we are called to be, and we will be on the path towards achieving our goal to make heaven. Since we are still alive, it is never too late for us to begin this wonderful journey of faith. As you do this, may almighty God bless you in the name of the father and of the son and of the holy spirit. Amen. Peace be with you.

Monday of the 29th week in ordinary time year A, by Fr. Jude Ifeanyi Ifezime, C.S.Sp