Reflections - August 7, 2016

“Take care to guard against all greed, for though one may be rich, one’s life does not consist of possessions.”  Lk. 12:15.
 
Days ago I saw a sign that said:  “Love people and use things”.
 
In this week’s Gospel the Lord encourages us through His parable to know how to property with Christian balance.
 
It is good to reflect that when God made the world “He saw that everything was very good”.  We have been called to use and enjoy all creation, but we have received a warning – “we must never allow that things reach our hearts”.  Paul says in the Second Reading:  “Put to death the parts of you that are earthly:…..greed.”  Col. 3:5.
 
We all want to be happy, but today’s scripture readings invite us to use things, “this and that will help me with my Salvation”.  Remember that the world is for me, not I for the world.  The Lord invites us to have a very delicate balance in the use of material goods because it is possible to break this balance very easily and then we can lose the Christian perspective of what is most important in our lives.
 
“For the love of money is the root of all evils”, 1 Tim 6:10.  Attention!  It does not say “that money is the root of all evils”, but that “the love of money” is the root of all evils.  “For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.”  Mt. 6:21.
 
Sometimes we allow ourselves to be dazzled by an unreal world and we confuse “Pokemon Go” with reality and we allow ourselves to be seduced by a style of life that promises and easy life “without assuming responsibilities”.  Every day we find  frauds in Medicare, drug house businesses, “la vida loca” as a singer says….that lead us to wrong decisions, products of sin, and that bring a lot of pain to people and families.
 
Also the sin of greed that can lead us to the mistake of believing that we are owners and lords of our lives without realizing that we have very limited lives and that in the end the Lord will hold us accountable for the talents and time that He bestowed upon us on this earth.  Pope Francis said:  “Even if you take a moving truck full of things behind your funeral car – you will not be able to take it with you”.  You only take with you to your other life your good works.
 
Let us pray to the Lord in the Eucharist to open our eyes to discover where true happiness lies, which is to love people practicing justice and to make good use of things for the glory of God and the good of our souls.