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Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
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1st Reading: Ecclesiastes 1:2, 2:21-23
Resp. Psalm Psalm 90:3-4, 5-6, 12-13, 14, 17
2nd Reading: Colossians 3:1-5, 9-11
Gospel: Luke 12:13-21
The theme of this Sunday's reading is clear: live for God and for Heaven. The things of the earth are passing.
In the first reading Qoheleth tells us that all things are vanity. He means that if you put all your effort for what you see around you and live for your feelings you will not end up in a good place because at the end of the world, those things will no longer exist. Remember that this earth is a place of testing for us: where do you want to spend eternity? By doing the Lord's will on earth to the best of your ability with Heaven as the ultimate goal; or, to do your own thing ignoring God, living for your own selfish desires, spending eternity in hell? We are free to choose. God does not want us to choose against Him. But, He gives us this ability. This is why He asks us to be responsible for each other to help those who do not truly believe to allow Him into their hearts.
The rich man in today's Gospel found out that our lives can end when we do not expect. If we are close to God we will be ready and prepared whenever that day will be. May we always strive to be ready.
Written by Fr. Jim Curiel, OCD