May the word of the Lord fill you with love and bring you peace.

St. Ignatius of Loyola (3)

Learn more about St. Ignatius: http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=56

 Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/101716.cfm

Someone in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, tell my brother to share the inheritance with me.” He replied to him, “Friend, who appointed me as your judge and arbitrator?” Then he said to the crowd, “Take care to guard against all greed, for though one may be rich, one’s life does not consist of possessions.”

Then he told them a parable. “There was a rich man whose land produced a bountiful harvest. He asked himself, ‘What shall I do, for I do not have space to store my harvest?’ And he said, ‘This is what I shall do: I shall tear down my barns and build larger ones. There I shall store all my grain and other goods and I shall say to myself, “Now as for you, you have so many good things stored up for many years, rest, eat, drink, be merry!”’ But God said to him, ‘You fool, this night your life will be demanded of you; and the things you have prepared, to whom will they belong?’ Thus will it be for the one who stores up treasure for himself but is not rich in what matters to God.”

How much importance do you place on your possessions? Do they occupy your time and treasure, taking the place of the true God in your life? Your life belongs to God, are willing to give it to Him? Your possessions are nothing unless you give them to God first and serve Him first.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I am nothing without you. Whatever I own, Lord, belongs to you and I pray that I always use it for your service. May I always serve you first and not be blinded by the things of the world. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

The Lord made us, we belong to him.

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