Year C – Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – August 4, 2013 – Gospel Reflection

Ecclesiastes 1:2, 2:21-23; Psalm 90:3-4, 5-6, 12-13, 14, 17 (R/.1); Colossians 3:1-5, 9-11; Luke 12:13-21

In the first reading, when the Teacher (Qoheleth) uses the word “vanity,” he is not talking about having an inflated appreciation of one’s abilities or appearance; he is using the word in the sense of being empty.  He is saying life is futile, passing.  Life, love, looks, and possessions – all will pass.  In the end, we all go back to dust, as the Psalmist points out, “You turn man back to dust.”

“How dismal!” you may say.  But also, how freeing.  What are you worried about today?  Will you remember it in a month?  A year?  A decade?

Listen to Jesus, the teacher, who refuses to get caught up in family bickering over what was in the will.  Jesus directs our attention to getting into God’s kingdom, not accumulating more and more.  Greed can poison the heart, eat away at the soul, and destroy relationships.  Store up what matters to God.  Paul tells us to think about what is above, of the glory that awaits us when we make Christ and his teaching our treasure.  The goal is transformation, not accumulation.  So put on that new self.  Put on Christ.

Think of one way you can “put on Christ” this week.


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