Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
August 3/4, 2019
Sunday’s Gospel passage comes as a pat on the back from Heaven for all of us striving to live a stewardship way of life. It reminds us why we live the way we do and why we make the choices we make. Let’s face it; if we truly embrace this way of life, there will be people who find our choices, based on serving God and others, downright foolish. But let’s see what God thinks. Spoiler alert: turns out Christian stewards are not the fools!
In this passage, Jesus makes it clear that life is not about “stuff” as he tells the parable of the wealthy businessman who thought he had everything figured out. The man had such an abundance of stuff that he didn’t have room to store it all. So, thinking of earthly things and not on what is above, he decided to build a bigger place to store all that stuff. Patting himself on the back, he thought about what good times he would have in the years ahead. Jesus tells us that day would turn out to be the man’s last day on the earth, and he had spent it thinking only of himself. How foolish!
Don’t be ashamed of living differently from the people around you. Be confident as you set priorities based on what is above. You are wise in God’s eyes, Christian steward. And you will be rich in what matters most.