Scripture: 1st Reading: Rom4,20-25; Resp. Psalm: Lk1,69-75; Gosp. Accl.: Mt5,3; Gospel: Lk12,13-21
We face different situations in life on a daily basis. We find ourselves in moments of joy, gladness, contentment and overall development. There are also moments of disappointment, tension, sorrow, setbacks, misunderstanding and distrust. These are all the experiences that our lives consist in and that make us who we are.
In all moments of our lives, the word of God has something important to teach us. This is why no moment must ever make us distrust or turn away from God, the source of our being. The first reading today teaches us that in Abraham, we have an example to follow in terms of what we need to do to handle those perplexing situations of life.
God made Abraham a promise to make his descendants as many as the stars of heaven. Abraham believed and trusted in God despite the fact that he had no heir as a result of the barrenness of Serah, his wife. The word today teaches us that Abraham grew strong in his faith as "he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what He had promised." So, in spite of the problems he had to face in his life, Abraham still believed that God would fulfill the promise He had made.
Our Lord in the gospel taught us today the need to put our faith in God and not in ourselves, our abilities, talents, endowments and what we have acquired. The rich landowner did not do evil by working hard to improve himself and for striving for greatness. These in themselves are not evil. The problem arises when one so much puts his trust in these objects of human toil and thus forgets God, the Giver of the gifts he enjoys.
The point our Lord was making here is simple: covetousness has the capacity to take the soul away from God. Putting trust in riches lures the soul away from its eternal destiny. Our Lord teaches us severely today that the treasures we lay up here on earth will be owned by others after our demise. But there is something of us that will continue to be ours till eternity: our souls. That is the one that needs all the preparations in the world for the eventual and definitive encounter with God, the source of our being.
Our Lord therefore concludes His teaching today by it is futile to lay up treasures for ourselves here on earth when unfortunately we are not rich, that is, righteous in the sight of God. Like Abraham, let us put our faith in God so that it could be reckoned to us as righteousness.
Let us pray: God our heavenly Father, we thank you for the gift of Jesus, your Son and our Lord. Give us steadfastness in our faith and rekindle in us daily the fire of your love, so that we may serve and worship you in all circumstances of our lives. Amen.
May the Living Word of God find a true dwelling place within our hearts and souls today and always.