JULY 31, 2022 18TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
1st Reading: Ecclesiastes 1;2,2:21-23
2nd Reading: Colossians 3:1-5,9-11
Gospel: Luke 12:13-21

​In today's Gospel, Jesus warns us not to rely on worldly wealth and possessions for our security. Why? Our true security is in God. Everything and everyone else are false security. When we arrive at the doorsteps of eternity, all worldly power and wealth will fade away! We carry nothing with us when we leave this world except the love, the kindness and goodness we have done and shared. Poor are the rich who think they can buy everything and everyone.

Being rich is in itself not a sin. But being filthy rich is as well as being greedy rich and proudly rich. Though, it can happen also that one can be filthy poor, greedy poor, and proudly poor. In other words, whether you are rich or poor, what matters is not what we hold or not hold in our hands, but what we have or do not have in our hearts. The heart is where real poverty exists. One who does not have God in his/her heart is really, really poor.

Prayer: Remind us Lord that what matters most in the end is not what we hold in our hands but what and who we have in our hearts. Amen.

Fr. Dante