Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
October 17, A.D. 2005
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
In today's Gospel, Jesus gets right to the point and says,"Avoid greed in
all its forms." A well-informed conscience knows exactly what He's saying,
while those who have not so well an informed conscience might miss some of
the circumstances where greed is an issue and indeed a sin.
Jesus, therefore, goes on to tell a story of a man who pulled down his barns
to build newer and bigger ones, ones that could store more wealth and
perhaps insure him a future time of comfort. Jesus calls that man
"foolish", while we might call him "practical" and a "good planner." Why is
it, that there might be this discrepancy in opinion about the man's
It is precisely because Jesus always focused on the need for attention,
first to the behaviors that would insure everlasting life, not those that
provided temporal pleasure or comfort. He knew what things are most
important and preached it.
For us, and indeed even the man in the Gospel story, it doesn't mean that we
don't provide for the possibility of future temporal needs; but that we
don't forget that there is something more important at stake than the
concerns of this world. Yes, far more important!
Let us then get things straight, in order that we might not be considered
foolish in the eyes of God, or risk the opportunity to share with Him
O Wisdom of God, be with me, always at work in me.
- Donna Raye Nelson, OCDS
(drn3rd at hotmail dot com)
Lives of the saints:
The Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time
St. Ignatius, bishop and martyr
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