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     A man in the crowd said to Jesus, "Master, tell my brother to give me a share of our inheritance."  "My friend," he replied, "who appointed me your judge, or the arbitrator of your claims?"  Then he said to them, "Watch, and be on your guard against avarice of any kind, for a man's life is not made secure by what he owns, even when he has more then he needs." 
     Then he told them a parable: "There was once a rich man who, having had a good harvest from the land, thought to himself, 'What am I to do? I have not enough room to store my crops.'  Then he said, 'This is what I will do: I will pull down my barns and build bigger ones, and store all my grain and my goods in them, and I will say to my soul: My soul, you have plenty of good things laid by for many years to come; take things easy, eat, drink, have a good time.'  But God said to him, 'Fool! This very night the demand will be made for your soul; and this hoard of yours, whose will it be then?'  So it is when a man stores up treasure for himself in place of making himself rich in the sight of God."  Luke 12:13-21


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S upposing a fairy godmother appeared to you as you were sitting at your table.  She had a magic wand in her hand and said, ‘there are two things I can do for you; choose one, and I will do it.  I can touch you with this magic want and you will become a happy and loving person for the rest of your life.’  You thought about this for a minute and you said, ‘That sounds good.  I am always trying to be a loving person and I want to be happy. That is a wonderful offer.  What more could I ask for?’  Then the fairy godmother said, ‘Another thing I can do is this: I can touch the table with my magic wand and five million euro will come down on it.  It will be yours to spend as you want to.  No one will know you have it, so people will not come constantly to your door asking for some of it, and no one will try to rob you.  Now you choose.’ 

It could be you
Which would you choose?  We would be sorely tempted to go for the money.  Nearly everything in the world around us would urge us to do so.  We share in the excitement of the Lotto millionaires, and are wistfully told, ‘it could be you!’  We constantly hear about the very rich.  Each year we see the list of the forty richest people in the country.  (We see no list of the forty poorest).  Glossy magazines tell us about the glamorous lives of the wealthy - we are encouraged to read about them; the assumption is that they are better off than the rest of us in just about every way.

Building bigger barns
A few months ago at his early morning Mass in the guest house in which he lives, Pope Francis said that our world today places huge value on having enough money to afford the comfort and ease and enjoyment we would like to have.  He called it ‘the culture of wellbeing.’  It is a culture in the sense that most people have become accustomed to viewing life in this way and want to live accordingly.   Many of my generation grew up with very little to spend, but we gradually got accustomed to having more things for our comfort and more money to spend for our entertainment.  We hardly notice it as the list of things we need for our ease and comfort gets longer and longer.  We become part of ‘the culture of wellbeing.’  Pope Francis said that this makes us lazy and selfish, and causes us to be lacking in courage.  He gave as an example a couple who say: “No, no, not more than one child, because otherwise we will not be able to go on holiday, we will not be able to go out, we will not be able to buy a house.”

What really matters
Yet every so often we step out of this culture and get a glimpse of what really matters.  Sometimes at funeral services, family members or friends come forward and speak about the person who has died.  They do not talk about the money the person made or the possessions the person had.  They are more likely to talk of the good qualities of the deceased, their generosity and thoughtfulness, or their honesty and integrity, or their patience and courage, or their faith and prayerfulness.  Jesus’ parable about the man who built the big barns, makes it clear that the greedy owner can take none of the produce with him when he dies.  The last book in the Bible, The Book of Revelation, tells us what we can take with us: ‘Blessed are those who die in the Lord.  Now they can rest from their labours, for their good deeds go with them.’


                                                                            Brendan Clifford

Prayer: Proverbs (30:7-9)
Two things I ask of you, O Lord;
do not deny them to me before I die:
Remove far from me falsehood and lying;
give me neither poverty nor riches;
feed me with the food that I need,
or I shall be full, and deny you,
and say, ‘Who is the Lord?’
or I shall be poor, and steal,
and profane the name of my God.


 

 

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