Monday, October 22, 2018

Readings: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/102218.cfm

Today, in Mercy, our readings are all about riches. How appropriate that seems in a week where the whole country is absorbed in a $1.6 billion dollar lottery dream!

How many news bits this week showed interviews with John and Jane Q. Public, informing us of how they might use such winnings. Of course, all reports indicated an amazingly altruistic response to a winning ticket. It seems everyone will help his unfortunate brother-in-law, and buy his mail carrier new shoes. Hmm? I wonder?

Eph 9_4 God rich

Not so with Gospel Farmer today. He hits the jackpot in the fields and, as many of us might, decides to keep every last grain for himself. Oops! On the night of that decision, he dies, leaving the grain behind along with his selfish legacy.

Jesus tells us:

Take care to guard against all greed,
for though one may be rich,
one’s life does not consist of possessions.

Paul tells us what it does consist of:

God, who is rich in mercy, because of the great love he had for us,
… brought us to life with Christ,
raised us up with him …

We are to live among one another as mirrors of this Divine kindness and richness — not holding on to every last – very transitory- grain of our “possessions”.

Friends, every one of us, through our Baptism, already holds the winning ticket to the only treasure that lasts – eternal life. May our lives reflect that immense grace in deeds of love and mercy.

Music: Earthen Vessels – St. Louis Jesuits

4 thoughts on “The Winning Ticket

  1. Oh Renee.You are so wise and so unselfish in sharing that insight and wisdom I bless you every day.I am worried and concerned about this upcoming weekend.and praying for you. Love Donna

    Sent from my Verizon Wireless Device

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  2. We are all so “lucky” to have this ticket to eternal life! We are also fortunate to have you & your inspired reflections on the Gospel of the day. You’re amazing!

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